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Albion Park record holder, Quietly Spoken, can go three-straight at Queensland Harness Racing Headquarters on Saturday night. That’s the opinion of her Alberton trainer, Stephen Cini. “She’s as bright as a button and has come through her last race very well. This mare likes to race and she is no slouch. Chris Alford told the previous trainers he liked her. That was good enough for me," Cini said. “She raced in Group races at Menangle (five - placed in one) before I got her and you have to be pretty good to hold a track record at Albion Park. “Yes she can get the hatrick but the (Grant) Dixon trained and driven Our Overanova will be the toughest for her to beat. He's a very good race horse – even from 50m behind. He's had a lot of starts (139) and won 53 races. My girl has won just 12 (96 starts). "In saying that I’m expecting Brian’s mare to be right in it again," he added. Brian is Brian Dorans, the owner and breeder of Quietly Spoken. A fortnight ago (March 9) he watched his 7yo Pegasus Spur mare set a new 1660m track record for trotters at Albion Park. Starting from the ace draw she sat in behind a torrid speed and then Narissa McMullen whipped her along the passing lane to win in 1:59.4 - mile rate, a slashing 1:55.7. Her sectionals were 27.3, 30.4, 28.7, and 29.6. And even though Saturday’s $13,000 Pryde-sponsored ninth race is a 2,138m stand, Cini still needs a slick pace. "If there's speed in the race it will suit the mare. She's started from one in both of her last two starts and now starts from 10m behind, so the race is going to pan out differently for her," he said. "I won't say anything to Narissa. She knows the horse. We just have to see where the horse ends up soon after the start. "If there's a slow pace and they dawdle, then that won't suit us. Hopefully they go hard and she can get into it at the right time. If she does then she's got the stamina and speed to get past them." He said Quietly Spoken was the type of mare who liked to race week in and week out. "She's very fit and enjoys racing. Brian doesn’t enjoy spelling them for too long. He likes to race his horses,” Cini said. Quietly Spoken had her last race for Joe and Mary Rando when 13th at Menangle 2017. Cini then won first-up with her at Albion Park on December 12 of that year. Seven of her 12 wins have now been with Cini. Her siblings have also performed well. Quietly Spoken is the last of five foals out of the one race (fifth) Sundon - Champagne Girl (by Plat Du Jour) mare, Kindava Hush. Her oldest sister, the 2003 Classic Adam mare, Une De Mai won 14 races and $85,805, while foal two, the 2003 Continentalman mare, Mystic Hush won 11 races and $94,943. But none of them have gone as quick as their little sister - Cini's first track record holder. “A lot of trotters don’t possess speed. This mare has speed. She’s proven that. She will continue to race on through the Winter Carnival," he said. “She will hold her own until then but when the visitors get here she won’t be up to them. I’m working 12 at the moment and she would be in my top three or four. She’s the best trotter of the three I’ve got." Quietly Spoken beat Our Overanova by 1.3m when they both started off the front on May 9. This time Our Overanova will give the mare a 40m head-start - but write the Dixon trainee off at your own peril. Our Overanova knows all about tracks records. The 9yo Monarchy gelding holds two at Albion Park himself - including one over tonight's distance three-and-a-half years ago. The 140-race veteran went a 1:59 mile rate when trotting 2:41.8 on September 19, 2015. Then just over two years later (December 16, 2017) he went a 2:00.3 mile rate when setting a new mark of 3:20.8 for the 2,647m standing start. The bay gelding started from 40m behind that night and just got up by half-a-head. Our Overanova has won $406,404 in career stakes - Quietly Spoken: $109,132.   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Budgies and standardbreds are about as common as vinegar and oil, but for Linsun (Charlie) Chang, breeding the tiny bird species has ultimately led to his first training success. The 68-year-old cook and hobby trainer realised a dream at Redcliffe Paceway last Wednesday (March 13) when the Jacob (Jack) Colley-Presnell driven Riverleigh William won the Redcliffe Leagues Club Conditioned Pace. “I was rapt. Who would ever have thought this would have happened to someone like me who didn’t even know what trotting was really all about, six years ago," he said. “In 2013 I was breeding budgerigars at Redcliffe. I was at one of our shows, and my late mate, Neville Spencer, asked me if I wanted to go to the trots with him. He never missed a Wednesday meeting. He would sit in exactly the same seat every week – and before long I became hooked too." “It all snow-balled from there. I’m over the moon. I can now say I’ve bred trained a winner. I’m quite chuffed about that." It was a lovely drive from claimer driver, Colley Presnall. The 7-year-old Grinfromeartoear gelding stormed home from the rear to career away with his 13th win. "I've had him since September and I'll never forget him now will I? Jack took off at the 800m and I thought he went too early. I didn't think the horse would make it to the line," he said. "However Jack knew what he was doing. In the end he won easily (7.9m). Well done Jack. You made it happen!" Colley-Presnell, who is just 20 and in his first season of driving, has now registered 15 winners. Chang said the 1780m mobile was designed to cater for ‘hobby’ trainers and provide a way for people starting out to ‘cut their teeth’ without racing the professional trainers. There is usually one such race programmed each Wednesday night on the peninsula. “I only took out my trainer’s licence about three months ago. Late last year my regular trainer, Josh Moore, left and decided to join the Racing Queensland team,” Chang said. Chang could have searched for someone else to condition his team of three, but elected to jump in the deep end and have a crack at the training caper himself. Chang has now been a passionate owner and stablehand since 2014. “I learnt a lot from Darren Hooper and I’ve done a lot of mucking boxes in my short time in the game. I’m always learning. When Darren lost his licence I approached Josh at Redcliffe and he took over my small team,” Chang said. Up until Riverleigh William’s win, Chang had recorded six placings from 26 starts (two horses). “I’ve broken my duck now so watch out. I’ve learnt so much from so many people and I’m grateful to all of them for that,” Chang said. The Australian born horseman, whose Mum was Australian and his Dad Chinese, then paid a tribute to fellow horseman - the late Mick Daw. “Michael’s (Mick) son, Wayne, works for me and it was an absolute honour to win my first race in his father’s colours. In some ways the race was a dedication to him,” Chang said. Those colours are - yellow with the navy blue navy ‘M’. Footnote: Riverleigh William and Brendan Barnes will start from three on the second row (9) in the fifth event at Redcliffe Paceway at 7.52 tonight (Wed. March 20). Feature Image: Riverleigh William records a win at Albion Park in April 2017.    Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Kylie Rasmussen can read a race better most, but even she had given up all hope of getting her $61 outsider home in Saturday night’s inaugural Changeover At Burwood 2yo Classic at Albion Park. “I honestly thought I was running for second at the top of the (home) straight,” the talented Stanmore reinswomen said. Rasmussen was referring to her drive – the Vic Frost trained Frost En Ice, who was situated in the one-one down the back straight before they had to set out after the runaway $1.85 shot, Millwood Tilly. “The favourite had gapped us and had too much of a roll-on. She (Millwood Tilly) showed an immense turn of speed (400m) which I thought was the winning of the race. “Turning for home I thought the best Frost En Ice could do was finish second,” Rasmussen said. Millwood Tilly was several lengths clear of Frost En Ice at the 200m, but at the 150m mark she had too much momentum for her young head and rolled out of her gear. Driver, Peter McMullen then did a great job of getting her back down to run second. Frost En Ice had 1.2m over Millwood Tilly (Peter McMullen) at the line. Two metres back in third was the third favourite, Xaviers Hurrikane (Nathan Dawson). The Frost trainee paced the mile in two minutes flat with a 1:56.3 mile rate. Her sectionals were 28.5, 30.9, 28.1, and 29.1. She banked $12,534 for the triumph and has now amassed $18,273 for her two wins and a second from three starts. The older of the three highly regarded Rasmussen sisters (also Natalie and Vicki), couldn’t believe the Hurrikane Kingcole filly was the fifth favourite of eight - and paid $61 to win on the fixed odds market. She then reminded people who trained, owned and bred Frost En Ice. “Vic (Frost) has always been a master trainer and it’s great to see he has another nice horse. He has done an unbelievable job with this filly. “She hadn’t raced for a month and Vic has done a splendid job to get her where she is. Two-year-olds can be flighty and unpredictable at the best of times, but this girl already feels foolproof. She is very clean-gaited and has super manners. That won her the race,” Rasmussen said. “It all comes down to the training. Vic knows all about ringcraft. That’s why he’s had so many good horses over the years, and that’s why he is highly regraded everywhere in harness racing. It’s a pleasure to drive for him,” she added. Frost said he had liked Frost En Ice since day one. “Her mother, Frostiness, won 12 races and her sire was an absolute freak and superstar. The best I have ever had anything to do with in my long career," the 78-year-old Hall-of-Famer said. Of course the New South Wales horseman (Tweed Heads) was referring to the mighty Westburn Grant (1:55.6), who he trained and drove to win 38 of his 67 starts and placed in 18 others for $2,074,916 in stakes between July 1988 and March 1993. "But this girl is a big filly and has a lovely big pacing stride on her. I really like the Hurrikane Kingcoles. They have a lovely gait on them and he seems to be able to produce good horses that go early,” Frost said. For his training efforts Frost also won a ‘Rio Cobra” sulky courtesy of race sponsor – Garrards. Other highlights came in races five and eight from Callmequeenbee and Slice Of Heaven. The Gemma Rue (Bathurst NSW) trained Callmequeenbee sat three-wide and then parked to win the WCF Team Teal Female Drivers Challenge. Race winner, Chantal Turpin, said the 4-year-old Shadow Play mare felt the winner a long way from home. “I thought she would be too tough for this field and I drove her that way. She’s a nice mare all right. Hopefully she will be back next week for one more race. She’s quality,” Turpin said of the $1.40 favourite. Three races later the Donny Smith trained and Nathan Dawson driven Slice Of Heaven won his second race in four days in the Hyperstat Open Pace. That’s now 11 from 19 on the track and 18 from 40 overall ($108,708).   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

The best pacer that Anna Woodmansey has trained needs to be taught to slow down. That’s the opinion of the Chambers Flat horsewoman going into Saturday night’s feature event at Albion Park – the $21,000 Changeover At Burwood Stud 2yo Classic (Race 7). The 56-year-old said Pelosi had so much speed she needed to be taught to use it in a race. “She’s such a lovely gaited animal, who needs to be taught to race. She can go like a bat out of hell at times and just needs to slow down and use her speed appropriately,” Woodmansey said. The very well bred American Ideal - For Dear Life (Life Sign) filly is the only starter on the second line in Saturday's eight-strong 1660m mobile. She will be driven by John Cremin. Pelosi goes into the race with a first-up 1.3m victory when a $2.80 second favourite at Albion Park on February 26. The gifted bay then followed that up with an easy 4.3m trial win at the same venue on Wednesday (March 13). "I gave her that trial because last week's 2-year-old race was put off until this week because of the Australia Ladies Driving Champs," Woodmansey said. “She’s had two preps with Kylie Rasmussen and she really liked her. She’s a smart, sensible filly. She comes from a nice family, many of which have won Group races. However they can tend to be a bit loopy unless you keep them in work,” Woodmansey said. “But I must admit it’s been hard trying to treat this good girl equal to the others. She’s much better though, and makes the job worth getting up for,” she added. Pelosi paced a 1:56 mile rate (1:59.6 - 1660m) when winning from gate three on debut. She sat three-deep on the markers that day and then loomed up three wide at the 400m. In the straight she had too much sprint for the favourite Will The Wizard. On Wednesday she came from well back in the field to sit parked at the bell and then at the 700m took control of the race. From that point the battle was for second. Cremin had a big handful as his filly cruised to the line in 2:03.9 (mile rate 2:00.1). Pelosi hails from a quality family, and the daughter of American Ideal is well named. Her human namesake - Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician who has been the speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. "Wayne named her. He reckons Pelosi gives (Donald) Trump heaps. Her mother was also a very nice racehorse. In fact a lot of the family have done well," Woodmansey said. Wayne is Wayne Honan, Woodmansey’s partner and the owner/breeder of both Pelosi and her dam - For Dear Life (2005 Life Sign mare). Honan's Hall-of-Fame father, the late Jack bred the grand-dam, the 1992 Stature mare, Express Post. Between them, For Dear Life and Express Post won 25 races and just on $400,000. For Dear Life won 14 of her 28 starts ($322,331) and three Group One events, including the $125,000 Breeders 2yo Challenge in 2008; the $100,000 NSW Wales Oaks in 2009; and the $100,000 APG 3yo Fillies Final in 2009. The first two Group Ones were achieved at Harold Park and the latter at Albion Park. Woodmansey said Express Post won 11 of her 18 starts and $89,483. "I think that might be where Pelosi gets her speed from because Jack said Express Post was an exceptionally fast mare," said Woodmansey. Pelosi arrived at Woodmansey’s barn in November and she is one of three currently in work. The trainer said she would slowly build her up to the APG 2yo heats at Albion Park the end of next month. Toughest for Pelosi to defeat will be the also unbeaten Toanui Spirit (5) and Xaviers Hurrikane (7). Trained by KerryAnn Turner and Shawn Grimsey respectively, both 2-year-olds were impressive winners on debut. New South Wales Visitor Toanui Spirit comes into the race with a 2:01.6 winning mile rate at Newcastle on February 23, while  Xaviers Hurrikane, who has copped the outside front-row draw, made a statement when winning at Albion Park on February 12 by 5.3m with a quick 1:56.1 mile rate. Robert Morris and Nathan Dawson will drive Toanui Spirit and Xaviers Hurrikane respectively. Pelosi's impressive win at the Albion Park trials on Tuesday: http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/race-fields/?mc=AP120319N   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

A promising trotter who last raced for the powerful Kiwi training duo of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen impressed at the Albion Park Trials yesterday (Tuesday). The now Brad Connelly-trained Musculus, bled as a $1.10 favourite (sixth) in his only Australian start at Redcliffe on August 22 last year. He was put aside for three months and has now come back big and strong. After breaking and finishing a lonely last in a standing start trial at Albion Park on February 15, the five-year-old Muscle Mass gelding proved his worth at the same venue yesterday. "I asked Nathan (Dawson - driver) to give him a quiet run, because we now know he's a bleeder and he does have a tendency to break,” Connelly said. "But yesterday he was safe and trotted well and when Nathan came back he said he felt good all the way - and did it easy. That is encouraging because I know Mark and Natalie wouldn't have taken him on if he wasn't much.” Musculus bobbled slightly at the start from gate four, but recovered quickly to lead going out of the home straight the first time. Dawson then controlled all the pace in front to beat his four opponents by 6.5m and 1.6m respectively. His winning time for the 2,138 stand was 2:44 even with a 2:03.4 mile rate. Musculus's sections were 29.8, 31.7, 30, and 29.4. “I’m delighted with the way he has bounced back. He trots along nicely and should progress his way through the grades to open company,” Connelly said. “In saying that I still don’t think he’s as good as his stablemate, Needle, who is also a New Zealand-bred trotter.” Musculus was originally trained by Philip Iggo in Canterbury before Purdon and Rasmussen took him on for his last two starts in New Zealand. He finished second for them first up and then he broke in the 4yo (ruby) Jewels Final at Cambridge Raceway on June 2. That's when he went on the market," Connelly said. Musculus had 20 starts in New Zealand for three wins and 11 placings. He banked just over $50,000 in stakes. His mother Sheez Speedy (by Sundon) won six races for master Templeton trainer, Peter Jones. Musculus, who was exported from New Zealand on June 15 last year, is the last of Sheez Speedy’s 10 foals. His best performance came at Addington Raceway on March 23 last year when he was too good for his 12 opponents bolting away to with a $20,000 Haras des Trotteurs 3yo and over Trot by more than five lengths. "Jeroen (Nieuwenburg) bought him. He owns most of the horses in my stable. I’m currently working 10 and Needle would be the best of them,” Connelly said. “But I have a bit of an opinion of this fella. If he does what he’s capable of then he could be right up there in my top couple.” The 58-year-old, who got his trainer’s licence before he was 20, said Musculus would line up at Albion Park on Tuesday week. “If we can stay on top of his bleeding then I think he has the potential to go to the top class. He did it easy yesterday without being touched. That was encouraging,” the Tamborine Village horseman said. For the record Musculus is Latin for muscle. Musculus winning at yesterday’s trial: http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/race-fields/?mc=AP120319N   Duane Ranger

She won the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in 2017 and now Queensland’s recently crowned Australian Female Drivers champion, Narissa McMullen, has another burning ambition. “I want to drive a Group One winner now. That’s my next goal. In the meantime I just want to keep driving winners and become a better driver,” the Fernvale resident said. The talented 24-year-old reinswoman finished top of the 12-strong table with 79 points at Saturday's Australian Female Drivers Championship at Albion Park. Her points came via wins behind Annika Magic and Subtle Delight in heats two and five; and she also finished second and fourth behind Shards Halo (Heat 1) and Cool Scoter (Heat 3). KerryAnn Turner (NSW) was runner-up with 75 points, while Victorian harness racing legend Kerryn Manning, and McMullen’s cousin Kelli Dawson, finished tied for third with 54 points apiece. McMullen said it was always good to get one over family members, especially brother Peter. “He’s my only brother and the only one older than me. I’m probably more competitive with him and my sisters than I am my cousins," she said. “It was great to see Kelli do so well. Nathan (Dawson) is also a cousin so there’s a few of us out there. I’ve only just started to take it all in. I’m so happy,” McMullen said the morning after her nailing her first Australian title." McMullen and her siblings, Peter and Danni-elle have all won BOTRA Queensland Juniors Driving titles as well. McMullen, who works at her parents – John and Jennette’s stable at Glamorgan Vale, said she celebrated with a night out. “It was an amazing feeling and even though I was 13 points ahead going into the last heat I never took anything for granted. I just had to focus,” McMullen said. “Only this morning has it really started to sink in. I’m so proud." There were seven heats of the AFDC on Saturday and two other tote races. McMullen carried on her winning ways in the ninth event – in track record time. She steered the Stephen Cini trained Quietly Spoken along the passing lane to win the feature 1660m trot in 1:59.3, which equated to a 1:55.6 mile rate. “It’s been a night to remember. Stephen had this mare spot on tonight,” McMullen said immediately after the $9,000 trot. According to Saturday's racebook, McMullen has now driven 726 winners and had 6,560 drives. She vividly remembers her first win. “That was Miniature Classic for Ron Sallis at Albion Park (October 18, 2010). My brother ran second (Southern Pacific),” she said. Dad - John, who won the Australasian Junior Driving title in 1986, and Mum - Jennette were “super proud”. “All four of our kids (including Taleah) are fierce rivals on the track and enjoy bragging rights at the Monday night family dinner," Jenette said. “Pete, Narissa and Danni-elle have always been competitive since their pony trot days. Pete was very proud last night though, ringing me on his way home to tell me Narissa proved she is the best female driver in Australia. “He said she drove six out of seven ‘top races’, and the only bad drive for the night was on his horse." She said doing the hard yards and driving ordinary horses had taught Narissa to be a good driver. “Her hard work and has dedication paid off’. Dad’s (John) quote is: ‘All his years of advice have finally paid dividends’. That’s tongue in cheek as he is a very hard task master as everybody at the track knows,” Jenette said. She said her daughter studied Science and Journalism for a year after leaving school and gave that up for her love of horses. “Narissa trained and owned a top horse called Bettor Draw who finished third in an Interdominion heat in Brisbane in 2015. Then he ran fourth in the Bohemia Chrystal at Menangle a few weeks later," Jenette said. “He was a super horse to her and led Narissa to move to Sydney for six months to train. Murano was another nice horse that Narissa had. He won great horse about 15 races. “In 2015 she won the Lady Drivers Group 2 Invitation race on Inters day as well. That was probably her most successful year. “As you can tell, I am very proud of all my kids." Meanwhile, McMullen’s three wins added another $600 to the Women’s Cancer Team Teal Fundraiser. She finished the February 1 to March 9 campaign with the most wins (23). Women in fact won eight of the nine races carded last night, ensuring another $1600 was added to the final pot, which totalled more than $11,000. Competitors in last night’s 2019 Australia Female Driving Championship were: Narissa McMullen and Kelli Dawson (QLD), Hannah Vandongen (TAS), Samantha Gangell (TAS), Kerry Ann Turner (NSW), Ellen Rixon (NSW), Madeline Young (WA), Emily Suvaljko (WA), Lisa Ryan (SA), Kaela Hryhorec (SA), Kima Frenning (VIC), and Kerryn Manning (VIC). Duane Ranger

The first siring winner by three-time New Zealand Cup champion, Terror To Love, will contest the Paleface Adios 2yo Wayne Wilson Pace at Albion Park on July 6. The Mark Jones trained Millwood Tilly was Terror To Love's first triumph in a $6,000 two-year-old pace at Newcastle on February 23. That was the bay filly's debut run. She then finished fourth in the Group Two $50,000 Sapling Stakes at Tabcorp Menangle last Saturday (March 2). Millwood Tilly is owned by Tony and Karen Turpin of Haigslea, their daughter Chantal, and Denis Golinski. The same owners also own the closely related Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding, Mattgregor, who has won 16 of his 38 starts and $141,374. In human terms they are cousins. Millwood Tilly's dam (Miss Sunshine) and Mattgregor's dam (Albuquerque) are both out of the 2000 Albert Albert six-win New Zealand mare, Princess Alberta. Princess Alberta also left Alberto Contador (1:49.8) who won 44 races and $664,218. “Millwood Tilly will have one more start on Saturday in Sydney with ‘Jonesy’ in the Group Two race ($50,000 Pink Bonnet), and then she will be spelled for the Winter Carnival here in Brisbane,” Turpin (Tony) said. “I’ve never seen her, other than in a photo, but we were looking through the Sales catalogue and I wanted her because she was closely related to Mattgregor,” he added. Jones paid $13,000 for the filly, on behalf of his clients, to Canterbury breeder Katie Carville at last year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka (South Auckland). On debut Millwood Tilly drew five (of six) and Jones shot the $1.45 favourite to the lead soon after the start. That was the winning of the race. She bolted in by 6.2 and 28.6 metres, pacing the mobile mile (1609m) in 2:00.8. Her sectionals were 30.3, 33.3, 28.9, and 28.3. “I’ve never had a starter in the ‘Paleface’ before so that will be quite a thrill. In fact I haven’t had too many smart 2-year-olds over the years. She’s certainly one of the better juveniles I’ve had – and I've never laid a finger on her. “Mark tells me she is a progressive type and that the ‘Terror To Loves’  go okay early. I’m looking forward to seeing her in the flesh,” Turpin said. He said the bay would be trained by Peter and Chantal McMullen (daughter) when she gets to Queensland. “There’s a real ‘Mattgregor’ connection here. It all started through my mate Chris Barsby one day when we were chatting. He told me ‘Jonesy’ had an unraced 3-year-old pacer named Mattgregor. “He never raced in New Zealand, but we bought him on the trainer’s word. That was more than good enough because Mattgregor has won a lot of races and more than $100,000. he even ran fifth in the Chariots Of Fire. “It’s quite ironic really because I’ve never been to New Zealand. I don’t even have a passport. I’ve bought a few off Mark now. He’s a quality horseman, a good friend, and a great judge,” he said. Turpin said he had also purchased Mattgregor's little 2-year-old half sister (by Sunshine Beach) named Miss Ruby Sunshine from Jones. "She finished second in her only start for Mark in New Zealand last Sunday. That was a Group Three race. That filly will end up here too. "According to Mark, he believed Peter would be suited by ‘Tilly' and Chantal - 'Ruby'. Who knows what horse they will drive. They will have to argue over that one," Turpin joked. Queensland’s two-year-old racing program now features six Group 1 races. Millwood Tilly’s winning debut run at Newcastle last month: https://www.hrnsw.com.au/trotstv/replays/39842   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Saturday night’s Australian Female Drivers Championship at Albion Park could create a couple of milestones for ‘Team Teal’ pace-maker, Narissa McMullen, but the Fernvale 24-year-old knows exactly where it’s at. “I have had family members with cancer and I’ve known other people who have had it too. It’s such a nasty disease. I am honoured to be able to help women cancer sufferers," McMullen said. “I’d love to raise the most money for them. That would mean a lot." McMullen is well aware that two out of every three women who suffer from ovarian cancer will die. “Of course I want to win the Australian title, but I also want to do as much as I can for the Teal Campaign. We have had stalls and I’m also selling teal Hygain caps, with the $15 goes to the Women’s Cancer Foundation. I’ve also got them at Albion Park and Redcliffe. So winning more races on Saturday means a great deal to me,” McMullen said. McMullen leads the national ‘Team Teal’ tally to date, with 20 winners since February 1, helping the Queensland campaign raise $9,800 going into the Thursday Redcliffe meeting. At least another $1400 will go into the pool with seven heats of the Australian Female Drivers Champs scheduled for Saturday’s 9-race programme. McMullen would also like to record two more wins at Albion Park. “I think I’ve driven 698 winners in Queensland and more than 700 all-up. Luck will play a big part on Saturday night,” the modest horsewoman said. McMullen, who swaps the teal for the maroon on Saturday, has a splendid book of drives and should end the 2019 ‘Team Teal” campaign as outright winner. “Track knowledge might help a bit but I think it comes down to luck in the running. I have some nice drives. It would be a dream to win the Australian Women’s Drivers Champs after running midfield in Tasmania last year," she said. “I love competing against the best and always want to win no matter where I’m driving, or who against." She said she liked the drive behind the Kelli Dawson trained Cool Scooter in race three. Dawson, ironically, is Queensland’s other competitor in the 12-strong Ladies Championship. “He went well last week winning first-up for Kelli after a three month spell. He should be improved by that run because this will be just his second run here since arriving from New Zealand," McMullen said. She also though the Jack Butler trained Shards Halo had the economical second row draw to go close in race one and then a race later said the consistent Kerry Smith trained Annika Magic had the nice front-row draw (4) to be prominent. "It's hard to single any one of them out really because they all have good form. The drawers were good to me," McMullen said. "Left A Terror, who is going for his fourth straight win, is also a chance despite his wide draw, in race seven," she said. McMullen, the second eldest in a prominent McMullen harness racing family, lives in Fernvale and works from her parent’s, John and Jennette’s stable at Glamorgan Vale. She will be up against: Kelli Dawson (QLD), Hannah Vandongen (TAS), Samantha Gangell (TAS), Kerry Ann Turner (NSW), Ellen Rixon (NSW), Madeline Young (WA), Emily Suvaljko (WA), Lisa Ryan (SA), Kaela Hryhorec (SA), Kima Frenning (VIC), and Kerryn Manning (VIC). In addition to the prestigious Australian title, the winner will also receive a trip for two to Hamilton Island thanks to the support of long-time industry supporters, Kevin and Kaye Seymour.   Duane Ranger

The career of one of Queensland’s best mini trot drivers came to an end at Tabcorp Menangle last Saturday night. After winning about 100 races and three Mini Miracle Miles in 2013, 2016, and 2018, Brisbane’s Angus Garrard is now ready to take on the men and women in the open driving ranks. In fact the talented 15-year-old has all his trials licenses and now only has to wait until his 16th birthday in June to fulfil his lifetime dream. “I’m really looking forward to becoming a driver against some of the people I’ve always Iooked up to, but I’ve loved driving the ponies. It’s something I’ve done since I was six,” Garrard said. The talented teenager leaves the mini pony ranks with a second placing in his last ever mini trot drive in the 2019 Mini Miracle Mile in Sydney on Saturday (March 2). Fellow Queenslander, Wayne Dwyer, finished third behind Danielle Dash. Garrard was driving Sparkling Star, the same pony he recently trained to win the New South Wales Mini Trotting Championship. In fact Garrard can train the Shetlands as good as he can drive them. His career training record is 13 starters for three wins and six placings. But to the young fella’s credit he’s in no hurry to leave St Paul’s School in Bald Hills. “I’ve got a couple of years before Year 12 so I’ll probably stay at school until then end, and hopefully still work the horses at the same time," he said. “I’ve been fortunate that I’ve had some really good horsemen and women help me over the years. Dad (Daren) and Dad (Gayle) have been a huge help and so have Darrel Graham and Luke McCarthy when he worked up here. “Because of them I want to make a real good go of it." Garrard was brought up around horses. His family have been huge sponsors of harness racing over the years via their international company – Garrard’s Horse And Hound. Asked if he had any one major ambition in the sport, Garrard replied: “I’d love to drive an Interdom winner one day. That would be a great race to win.” Garrard is also the grandson of Chris Garrard (OAM), who was bestowed with an Order of Australia Merit on Australia day this year for his services to harness racing. Garrard’s Mini Miracle Mile performances have been impressive since April 2013. In fact there would be few who could match this record: 2013 (April): Three starters – trained and drove Twebby Twotter to win, while Sparkling Star finished second. 2013 (November): Three starters for a second, fourth and 10th. 2014: Two starters for a second and a third. 2015: No Miracle Mile. 2016: Two starters – trained and drove Twebby Twotter to win. Sparkling Star was third. 2017: One starter - Twebby Twotter ran second. 2018: Two starters – trained and drove Twebby Twotter to first. Sparkling Star fifth. 2019: Trained and drove Sparkling Star to second. Garrard has also raced across the Tasman where he finished midfield in the New Zealand Kidz Kartz Cup.   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Birnam trainer Wayne Graham has about 20 horses in work and on Saturday at Albion Park his two best pacers won races seven and nine respectively. Peter McMullen steered Glenferrie Hood to victory in the $21,000 Kevin and Kay Seymour Open Pace, and then just over an hour later Jossie James and Adam Sanderson got the chocolates in the $13,000 Changeover At Burwood Stud Mares Pace. “They are my best two by a long way. They both needed the trip to suit and both got exactly that. It was a couple of nice drives by Peter and Adam,” the ‘top 10’ Queensland trainer said. Graham’s two wins saw his season tally lift to 26 wins from 186 starters this season. He has amassed $230,736 in stakes. Eight of those wins have come from 50 Albion Park starts. Graham now sits ninth on the state’s training premiership and sixth at Albion Park. He said he would continue to race both pacers monitoring them through until the Winter Carnival. “They are both nice horses without setting the world on fire. The others aren’t really up to city Saturday night racing just yet. Glenferrie Hood is almost all done though. He’s rising 10 now and had a few trainers before me, but he has always given his best," Graham said. “Like Jossie James, this fella needs the run to suit. ‘Jossie’ is a sit and sprint type of horse. She has very good high speed and can get over the top of them if saved for a run." Glenferrie Hood lobbed the one-one in last night’s 1660m mobile and then in the straight he proved way too powerful for Mach Alert and Bodhi Tree. The Christian Cullen gelding paced the 1660m in 1:57.2 (mile rate: 1:53.6) with 27.8, 30.4, 27.2 and 28.6 sectionals. He won by 4.2 metres. “Peter drove the horse well. He won from in front here last week and then tonight he sprinted home strongly. He will tell me when he’s had enough,” Graham said. Jossie James was scintillating recording her 13th win form 40 starts – all of them with Graham. Sanderson sat near the rear with the 5-year-old Big Jim mare and then they pounced at the 400m. The $1.95 favourite then left her opposition to it, winning by more than eight metres in 1:59.1 (mile rate: 1:55.4). Her sectional were 27.8, 29.6, 29.1, and 29.1. “The race panned out nicely for her. She’s one of the fastest horses I have sat behind over a quarter. She has amazing speed. I think you saw that tonight,” Sanderson said post-race. Graham said he broke Jossie James in after owner/breeder, Trevor O’Reilly bought her back from the APG Yearling Sales in 2015. She won four races last season and has won three so far this year. She’s always been a fast mare, but she as to be driven accordingly. “She goes okay. She won the AG Consolation when she was two and Adam knows her well and gets on real good with her," Graham said. “However, this could be her last season. She will most likely be put to a stallion at the end of the year, but that’s up to the owners." Meanwhile, the “Team Teal’ campaign which is raising money for Women’s Cancer has now hit the $7,400 mark after Chantal Turpin and Kyle Rasmussen added another $200 each with their wins in races two and six last night. Turpin trained and drove Imthe Golden Child to score in the second event, while Rasmussen won the sixth race with her quality pacer, Lilac Flash. It was their 12th and 16th wins, and they paid $26 and $3.60 respectively. The campaign ends in early March.   By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Enjoy the driving talents of Leonard Cain while you can. The 19-year-old concession driver will leave his native Queensland in March to further his career in Western Sydney. The south-east Queensland horseman is one of the state’s leading concession drivers.  He is currently employed by his father, Errol, at Logan Village. As of today (Feb 21) Cain had reined home 48 winners and 114 place-getters ($361,712) from 482 drives this season. “It’s still to be confirmed but it is likely to happen within the next month. Noel Daley is returning home from the United States. He was one of their best up there and he’s going to set up a stable not too far from Menangle," Cain said. “It will be a great opportunity to work with someone who has so much harness racing knowledge both here and abroad. I’ve loved it here but I want to further my career in a bigger city working for a world renown trainer. “I really enjoy driving. I started in September 2016 and I’m not sure how many winners I’ve driven. I’d say it would be around the 150 mark,” Trinity College (Beenleigh) educated Cain said. Last Friday he drove the Kerry Smith trained Annika Magic to win race nine, and then three days later at the same venue he won behind the Wayne Graham trained Boulder City, in race six. Cain has seven drives this Saturday night at Albion Park, including Annika Magic in the first event for C4 or better pacers. "She won well from barrier three here last week and even though she's drawn three on the second row this time, she only needs a decent run to be right in it again," Cain said. However he thought the Peter Greig trained Bodhi Tree was a better winning chance in the feature event - the Kevin & Kay Seymour $21,160 Open Pace (race seven). "He's a nice horse who has copped a tough race. He hasn't raced for a month and will be much better for the run. He's won 23 races and has drawn well enough (4) to get a good trip," Cain said. "I think Bodhi Tree will put in a strong effort. He would be my best winning chance on Saturday." The gifted teenager has a strong book of drives on Saturday. He will line up in seven of the 10 races carded. “I don’t usually have this many. I’m grateful people are starting to recognise my driving. I love it and just want to keep getting better. I’m looking forward to a busy Saturday night,” Cain said. Cain will drive in the first five races. He also liked the prospects of the Ryan Veivers trained Ima Top Tycoon in the fifth event for C2 or better pacers, despite the second line draw. "One on the second row will actually suit him because if he can get handy on the fence he has a lethal last 100m sprint in him." Cain also thought the Brian McCall trained Rocknroll Music could test them from a nice draw in the eighth event, which is also for the C2 and faster pacers. "He's drawn three and is better than his last two runs suggest. He's tough and has a bit of speed. He's also a genuine type who should be right in this," Cain said. Footnote: Cain brought up his half century at Redcliffe yesterday (Thursday) when he won the first two races on the nine-strong card. He saluted behind the Errol Cain trained Modern Thought, and the Ben Aldons trained Night Ninja respectively. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland  

Queensland’s Montana Park paid $170,000 for two colts and two fillies at the New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka south of Auckland on Monday. It was the first time NZBS had conducted the Sales after taking over from long-time Sales hosts – Wrightson Pyne Gould Guiness’, and they were delighted with what they termed a “strong sale”. So was Fernvale trainer, Darrel Graham. “It was a good sale and we are pleased with what we bought. We didn’t go there with any one or two horses in mind, but we are delighted with what we picked up,” said Graham. Graham who has worked for the Maleny-based Stud Farm for just over two decades, travelled to Auckland with proprietor, Dean Shannon, last Saturday and they returned on Tuesday.  Montana Park now owns: Lot 123: A Somebeachsomewhere – Carabella (Bettor’s Delight) bay colt named Jersey Boy, who was sold by Dancingonmoonlight Farm in Kaiapoi for $62,500 Lot 3: A Sweet Lou - Emeli Maguire (Rocknroll Hanover) bay filly named Divine Miss Em, who was sold by Woodlands Stud in Clevedon for $37,500. Lot 102: A Bettor’s Delight – Uptown Attitude (Christian Cullen) brown filly sold by Hollis and Robertson Equine Serves in Pukekohe for $35,000. Lot 32: A Bettor’s Delight- Good On Top (Art Major) bay colt, who was sold by Hollis and Robertson Equine Services in Pukekohe for $35,000. “We’ve bought some nice ones over the years and really enjoy coming to New Zealand to try and pick up a bit of quality. It seems to have worked in the past,” Graham said. Montana Park has indeed purchased some nice babies from New Zealand yearling sales over the years. “There’s been a few who have gone on to do well and we are hoping the 2019 yearlings can do the same,” said Graham. Included in some of their purchases in recent years Montana Park paid $93,000 for Star Of Montana two years ago; $40,000 for Belle Of Montana also in 2017; $18,000 of Lanercost in 2008; and $6,000 for Courageous Annie in 2009. ‘We’ve had a few Group winners over the years who have gone on to do very well and make some nice money. Belle Of Montana for example is the leading 3-year-old filly in New Zealand having won five of her six starts, including a Group One for Barry Purdon," he said. "I'm not sure if she will be coming over here for our Winter Carnival because she has a few big races to get through before then like the Oaks and the Jewels. "Star Of Montana is here now and will more than likely take part in the Winter Carnival. Hopefully Belle Of Montana will too but Dean owns her and he will make his mind up regarding that a bit later in the season." Meanwhile 13 yearlings were sold for $100,000 or more yesterday, topped by the $190,000 for Lot 18, an Art Major colt from Goodlookinggirl - a half-sister to top mare Elle Mac. Named Billion Dollar Boy, the colt was bought by "dual-coder" Graeme Rogerson from Breckon Farms in the Waikato. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

What legendary Sleepy Hollow horseman Vic Frost doesn't know about 2-year-olds isn't worth knowing. And one thing the spritely 78-year-old certainly does know is that he's got a nice Hurrikane Kingcole filly named Frost En Ice in his stable. "I like her a lot. Her mother, Frostiness, won 12 and his grandfather was an absolute freak and superstar. The best I have ever had anything to do with in my long career," Frost said. Of course the New South Wales horseman (Tweed Heads) was referring to the mighty Westburn Grant (1:55.6), who won 38 of his 67 starts and placed in 18 others for $2,074,916 in stakes between July 1988 and March 1993. "He's just walked around the corner now as we speak. He's still in good condition and has always had free-run of our place. He's an absolute gentleman who we will cherish forever," Frost said. But Westburn Grant's grand-daughter does have one thing over the legendary 34-year-old. "I've driven thousands of horses over the years and she's the first one that doesn't wear any form of knee boots," Frost said. "She's a big filly and has a lovely big pacing stride on her. I really like the Hurrikane Kingcoles. They have a lovely gait on them and he seems to be able to produce good horses that go early. “Economically that is a big plus for owners who don’t have to wait until their horse is say four or five to race. Unlike other stallions this fella’s first crop seem to be really firing early. I like him. I’m working about eight to 10 horses on my property, and have nine foals by him." After finishing a five-metre second behind Xaviers Hurrikane (Nathan Dawson) at Albion Park on February 12, Frost En Ice and Kylie Rasmussen yesterday (Feb 19) won their first TAB race at Albion Park. The $1.50 favourite flew the gate and led all the way pacing the 1660m mobile in 2:02.3. The bay filly's sectionals for the Burwood Stud 2yo Pace were: 29.6, 31.3, 29.7, and 28.2. Her winning mile rate was 1:58.6. Will The Wind and Chantal Turpin were 8.4 metres back in second. Three of the five starters in the first event yesterday were by Hurrikane Kingcole. "They are very clean going animals and I have high expectations of this big girl without getting too carried away too soon. She doesn’t cross-fire like most, which is a huge bonus," Frost said. "I think she is good enough to race inter-state, but for now I just want to monitor her progress and see how she develops before throwing her in the deep end with premature plans." Frost said because of her early development he believed Frost En Ice would not only make a good racehorse, but also a nice broodmare one day. “She had two to three preps before her first trial and I couldn’t be happier with the way she is going. If she just shows glimpses of what her freakish grandfather did, then I will be one very happy man,” Frost said. Frost En Ice is trained, owned and bred by Frost and his wife and Gail Geeson.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

He’s had more leg problems than Ironside, and has made more comebacks than Lazarus, but you would never have guessed that following Beaver’s easy run-away victory at Albion Park on Saturday night. The 10-year-old pacer, who never stops trying and loves to race, nailed his first win in three starts this season in the sixth event – the $13,000 AQWA Construction Open Pace. The son of Art Major has now won 22 races from 116 starts ($173,151) in an ‘off-on’ career spanning back to his debut third at Goulburn in February 2012. “Even though he’ a bit lazy and very laid back at home, he’s definitely the family favourite. The kids love him. He always gives of his best on race-day, and is just a lovely horse to have around the stable. He’s the best of our four in work," trainer Melissa Gillies said.  “We’ve retired him a couple of times, but he gets restless and just wants to keep racing." The Wanora horsewoman, who has a share in the bay gelding, said Beaver had suffered from a lot of leg issues since they got him off Neil Day (NSW) five years ago. “Everything he does is a bonus. We have no expectations of him now. He suffered from front leg problems and was spelled and then we had to put him out again when his hind legs went," she said. “That’s when we thought his racing career was over, but he got keen again when we worked our babies, and we could tell he didn’t enjoy doing nothing in his paddock, so we gave him another prep. “To go 1:52 in just his third run back (since March last year), and to do it parked, was phenomenal." Beaver sat in the ‘death seat’ throughout and then at the 400m Trent Dawson let him down and they ran away in the straight to win 5.4 metres over the grey, Mandy Kriden and Brendan Barnes. He paced the 1660m mobile in 1:56.2 with a slashing 1:52.6 mile rate. His sectionals were 27.8, 29.6, 27.3 and 28.1. “He’s very much a day-to-day proposition and we are going to enjoy him while we can. We will keep lining him up at Albion Park until he tells us he’s had enough,” Gillies said. “At home he only ever des what he has to, but when he’s in front on race night, like he was last night, he tends to find another gear." Meanwhile, the ‘Team Teal’ campaign, which is raising money for Women’s Cancer Research, has now hit the $5400 after win 27 by Narissa McMullen aboard favourite Comply or Die in the second race last night. Lola Weidermann brought up the $5,000 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation on Friday at the same venue with race one winner Redriverdebba, and then McMullen (Narissa) added to the tally in race three with Miss Invasion. The campaign ends in early March.   Duane Ranger  for Racing Queensland

First-year American stallion, Hurrikane Kingcole, was always destined to sire his first Queensland winner at Albion Park on Tuesday (February 12). The son of Cam's Card Shark was represented by all four starters in the appropriately named $7,750 Hurrikane Kingcole At Egmont Park Stud Pace. It was Queensland’s first 2-year-old race in 2018-2019. The Shawn Grimsey trained and Nathan Dawson driven Xavier's Hurrikane won the 1660m mobile by 5.3 metres with a swift 1:56.1 mile rate. Equal $2 favourite, the Vic Frost trained Frost En Ice (Kylie Rasmussen) was second. Although Grimsey admitted the time was good, he believed Xavier's Hurrikane’s real gauge wouldn’t be known until after the brown gelding competed in the $50,000 Sapling 2yo Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Miracle Mile night - Saturday March 2. "That was a nice win but we will wait and see how he goes against the Art Majors and Bettors Delights in Sydney. The Hurrikane Kingcoles seem to be kind animals and this fella has a bit of talent, but how much, only time and development will tell. I think he’s definitely worthy of a trip south. I will know a lot more after March 2,” Grimsey said. He said he had two Hurrikane Kingcoles at his Tamborine Mountain stable. “They broke in okay and this fella is much more forward in his preparation than his sister. He’s also more talented. She (Madetoplay) took three goes to qualify,” Grimsey said. The Gold Coast horseman said he had campaigned horses with moderate success in New South Wales previously. He said both he and owner/breeder, Mike Adamson, also of Tamborine Mountain, believed Xavier's Hurrikane was good enough to take on the best early-season 2-year-olds. “It’s only early days yet but he’s done all he can do and at this minute I couldn’t be happier. He’s out of a Mach Three New Zealand mare (Dougie's Envy), so hopefully that side of the breeding will kick on too,” 46-year-old Grimsey said. “I've got seven in work and he’s by far the best of them. The horse that ran second behind him (Frost En Ice) also went well, so the stallion might have a bright future,” he added. Hurrikane Kingcole sired his first Australian winner at Geelong on January 16 when the Damien Burns trained and Michael Belman driven Youaremy Sunshine got the chocolates by two-and-a-half metres. Hurrikane Kingcole has now sired 136 live foals in Australia and has had six starters to the races. As a racehorse he won 14 of his 49 starts and placed in 10 others for $580,102 in stakes. In 2012 the talented bay paced a 1:48.1 mile at Mohegan Sun Pocono to equal the then-world record for a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track Then the slick pacer, who was bought for $10,000 at the yearling sales, went on to set a lifetime mark of 1:47.3. Hurrikane Kingcole suffered from a myriad of health issues during his career, including throat problems and a broken splint bone in his left front leg. The latter ensured his premature retirement in March 2015.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Queensland’s best juvenile filly of last season, Smart As Camm Be, will by-pass the Group One $200,000 New South Wales Derby on March 2 for Group racing in the sunshine state. The talented Cammibest - Too Smart For You (by Famous Forever) filly and her trainer Kylie Rasmussen finished a neck-second behind Grant Dixon's I'm No Outlaw back at the Albion Park Trials yesterday (Tuesday). It was Smart As Camm Be's first run since winning the Group One $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final at Albion Park on July 21 last year, with a slick 1:55.7 mile rate. “She went well and will trial again next week. I have been happy with her progress but she is still behind the eight ball. She’s not as forward in her preparation that I would like," Rasmussen said. “She had a great 2-year-old season but it took it’s toll on her. She suffered from bone chips in her knee and we had to put her out for a fair while to recover. “She’s fine, but just needs more time than less than a month to prepare for a big race against Australia’s and New Zealand’s best 3-year-olds." Last year's Queensland 2yo Pacing Filly-of-the-Year, had a brilliant first-up season in 2017-2018. She won five of her seven starts from March 27 until July 21 - the last five in a row. As well as her Triad victory, Smart As Camm Be also won the $25,000 Listed Classic QBRED Breeders Classic. Yesterday she sat parked for the last lap and cruised to the line under a big hold. Rasmussen had her fourth in the running line early from gate six (of seven) in behind the eventual winner, I'm No Outlaw. Dixon then took I'm No Outlaw to the lead at the bell, and Smart As Camm Be followed him to sit in the death seat. A slow third quarter of 29.5 saw the duo both cruise to the line without being asked for any big effort. The final sprint was in 27.3. The winner's time for the 1660m mobile: 2:02.1 (mile rate 1:58.4). “I’m working a team of about 30 at the moment and this girl is up there with Lilac Flash and Mr Kalypso as the best of them,” said Rasmussen. Mr Kalypso had his first run back at Albion Park yesterday as well. It was his first race since winning a C2-C5 pace at the same venue on December 1. It was also his first defeat in eight starts at Queensland harness headquarters. The son of Art Major got too far back in the running and was three-wide and parked when the acid went on in the last lap. Mr Kalypso then finished a gutsy two-metre fifth and will have derived much benefit from the run. Meanwhile, Rasmussen will be looking to emulate her feats of 2010 and 2011 with her former female star, the 2007 Famous Forever mare, Forever Gold. She won won the QBRED 2yo Fillies Final in 2010 and then the following year nailed the QBRED 3yo Fillies Final and the prestigious Group One Queensland 3yo Oaks. Smart As Camm Be has so far won five of her seven starts and placed in one other for $88,088 in career stakes. "The QBRED 3yo fillies Final (April 13) and the Group One $100,000 Queensland Oaks (July 13) are her main priorities for her now," Rasmussen said.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

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