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Queensland will have three representatives lining up in the prestigious Group One $150,000 Lazarus Victoria Oaks for the 3YO pacing fillies at Melton on Saturday night. The Sunshine State boasts the favourite and second favourite Belle Of Montana ($1.30) and Smart As Camm Be ($6), and $151 outsider, Betamerica. Belle Of Montana is owned by former Ladbrokes chief, Dean Shannon (Montana Park Pty Ltd); Smart As Camm Be is trained and driven by Kylie Rasmussen, and owned by Pam Smart and her son Chris; while Shannon Price and Raboki Pty Ltd own Betamerica. They have drawn one, six, and 10 respectively. Rasmussen was not perturbed by Smart As Camm Be’s wide draw. “The outside of the front row isn’t the worst possible draw for her because I think she prefers to win her races from back in the field. “Obviously the one-horse is the filly to beat, but if we can get a nice trip and can get one go at them, she has the gait, will, and ability to get close to the favourite – if not beat her,” Rasmussen said. Those comments came three days after Smart As Camm Be waltzed to an easy victory as the $1.50 favourite in the second Victoria Oaks heat at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Saturday. The Cammibest filly also drew six that night and stopped the clock in 2:43.1. Her mile rate for the 2,240m mobile was 1:57.2. The Barry Purdon trained and Zachary Butcher driven Belle Of Montana beat Miss Streisand by half a neck in her first heat. The $1.20 NZ-based ‘hot-pot’ drew nine and won in 2:39.9 with a slashing 1:54.9 mile rate. “We can only focus on what our filly can do and not what the others have done, but I do know how good Barry’s filly is. “My girl travelled and settled in very well. She will be a lot stronger this week because she has adjusted to the surroundings well. This is her first trip away and I’m very proud of her. She can win,” Rasmussen said. Smart As Camm Be has now won 11 of her 13 starts and banked $148,135. The Stanmore horsewomen also brought her stable star, Lilac Flash, to Melbourne as a travel companion last week. However, that black Bettor’s Delight gelding proved to be more than just a travel mate. The 5-year-old notched up his 19th win in 52 starts ($142,231) in a $20,000 M1 to M2 Pace on Saturday. The $3.30 second favourite drew nine and won with a blistering 1:51.6 mile rate for the 1,720m mobile. He has drawn four in the $24,000 Captain Sandy Free-For-All at 7.30pm on Saturday. But all the attention will come two races later at 8.30pm when Australia and New Zealand’s best fillies will do the business. Price, who owns the American Ideal filly, Betamerica, couldn’t believe her brown pacer was paying more than $150 to win the coveted Oaks. “I thought her run last week was a cracker and I can’t believe that she is one of the outsiders in the field. She will need luck on her side but I am very happy with Larajay Farms’ performance with her so far this season,” Woolloongabba-based Price said. Betamerica is trained by Jess Tubbs and will be driven by Greg Sugars. He will start from three on the second row this week after finishing a close-up head second in the third heat behind the $2.60 favourite, Kualoa. TAB’s opening odds for Saturday’s 2,240m mobile are: Belle Of Montana $1.30, Smart As Camm Be $6, Kualoa $7, Two Times Better $21, Miss Streisand $23, Enchanted Stride $23, Victoria Brew $34, Tangoingwithsierra $51, Wellsaidlucy $71, Vena May $81, Swimsuit Edition $126, Betamerica $151, Single Tree Road $151.   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Queensland’s best juvenile filly of last season will vie for her 10th consecutive win in Saturday night's $50,000 Group 2 QBRED Three-Year-Old Fillies Triad Final at Albion Park on Saturday- the Group Two Q-Bred 3yo Fillies Triad Final. Thirty-two minutes earlier the 'boys' will also compete for $50,000 in the only other Group 2 race of the evening - the QBRED Colts and Gelding Final. There are also four other Listed $25,000 events on the 10-race card. “If she (Smart As Camm Be) performs well on Saturday, and there’s no reason why she won’t, then we may take her for a quick hit and run mission to the Victoria Oaks in a couple of weeks,” her Stanmore trainer/driver, Kylie Rasmussen said. “It all depends on flights and what her owners have to say,” she added. The Group One $150,000 Victoria Oaks will be run at Melton’s Tabcorp Park in a fortnight (Saturday April 27). Sadly for Smart As Camm Be’s 12 opponents, the brilliant daughter of Cammibest and Too Smart For You (by Famous Forever) has drawn (3), and looks set to lead them all the way over Saturday's 2,138m mobile. She's also in mint condition. “She’s never been better. She took a wee while to come back from her spell, because she did suffer a little setback early in the season when a virus went through the barn. “But now she is bigger and stronger than she ever has been,” Rasmussen said. Last July Smart As Camm Be won the equivalent 2yo Triad Final as the $1.80 favourite. She drew six in that $100,000 Group One event and got up by a neck with a sizzling 1:55.7 mile rate. Smart As Camm Be has won all four of her starts this season at Albion Park on February 26, March 19, March 27, and April 2. Don't expect to get a big win dividend this time around either. Her win prices so far in 2019 have been $1.20, $1.22, $1.08, and $1.30. “She trialed well in February too and has got stronger with each run since then. 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 (July 21-February 12). “I’m just so pleased she’s a healthy horse and is now back to where we want her to be. I think she can only get stronger as the season develops. If her 3-year-old season is as good as her 2-year-old one, then we’ll be rapt,” Rasmussen said. The slow start to the season was largely why Smart As Camm Be by-passed the Group One $200,000 New South Wales Derby in Sydney on March 2, in preference for Group racing in the ‘Sunshine State’. “She just wasn’t ready – and now she is,” Rasmussen said. 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 QBRED victory, Smart As Camm Be also won the $25,000 Listed Classic Q-Bred Breeders Classic. 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 the Q-Bred 2yo Fillies Final in 2010, and then the following year nailed the QBRED 3yo Fillies Final and the prestigious Group One Queensland 3yo Oaks. “The (Group One) $75,000 Queensland Oaks (July 13) is her main priority after this month," Rasmussen said. Smart As Camm Be has so far won nine of her 11 starts and placed in one other for $105,560. “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.   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

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

Cancer researchers would have been delighted after watching the state’s best female drivers display their prowess at Albion Park on Saturday.  Female reinswomen won half the card (five races) and in doing so raised $200 per win for the annual ‘Team Teal’ campaign which runs throughout February and early March. It’s the third year in a row the female drivers in Queensland have donned the teal strides. And it was the women who dominated early on Saturday evening nailing a $794.60 quaddie in races two, three, four and five. Chantal Turpin trained and drove Argyle Beach to win the second event; and then 33 minutes later Narissa McMullen steered the Peter Greig trained Parisian Rockstar to a 1.1 metre victory. Trista Dixon drove the Grant Dixon trained Aqua Miss to win race four; and then at 8.08pm Kylie Rasmussen trained and drove Lilac Flash to win race five – the feature open class pacing event. The first three home all paid $5 to win, while the latter returned $6.50. It was a good night for Dixon. She also won the eighth event behind the Grant Dixon trained $13 shot, Southern Alps. Asked to comment on ‘Team Teal’, Kylie Rasmussen said should would do everything she could to raise money for cancer sufferers. “We are all affected in some way or another. I’ve had no relations or close friends die from ovarian cancer, but my Aunt did have breast cancer. It’s so sad and I personally am so pleased to be doing this," she said. “It was a nice feeling when the horse won, and then knowing $200 would be going to such a worthy cause. It’s a great idea." Patrick Estate trainer, Chantal Turpin, also said she was proud to be wearing the teal colours. “It’s a good cause because it affects a lot of women, and I’m only too pleased to help out. It’s also great motivation to do even better,” Turpin said. Turpin’s only win last night came in the second event behind the five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare, Argyle Beach. The Somerset horsewoman was so happy with that 4.1 metre victory she will now take her to New South Wales this week alongside her 16-time winner ($136,666), Mattgregor. "She's earned her trip to go south and have a go at the Ladyship Mile (March 2). Mattgregor will race in the Newcastle Mile on Friday night. More will come down later, including Watch Pulp Fiction," Turpin said. Turpin was rapt with Argyle Beach saying “she’s really flying at the moment,” but she will be retired from racing in May. “She’s been a great little horse and won real well this time. She will be let down in May so she can prepare for the next breeding season when she will be served by Betting Line,” Turpin said. Argyle Beach and Turpin sat second last early before joining the three-wide train down the back the last time. They then loomed up at the 300m and ran away to an easy victory over Sir Julian and claimer, Stacey Weidemann. The mare paced the 1660m mobile in 1:56.7 (mile rate 1:53.2). Her sectionals were 26.2, 29.9, 28.5 and 28.9. It was the Ross Patrick owned mare's 14th win in 40 starts. She has also placed 14 times and banked $81,404. "That was her quickest mile rate yet and she did it pretty easy. I'm going to miss who when she retires," said Turpin who works a team of 36. Meanwhile Racing Queensland, Albion Park and the Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs will continue donate the $200 to the Women's Cancer Foundation every time a female driver salutes the judge. The reinswomen are wearing teal coloured pants, while leading drivers Kylie Rasmussen and Narissa McMullen are donning specially-made ‘Team Teal Silks’ as ‘Queensland’s Ambassadors’. The Queensland Teal Campaign ends on March 9 when the Albion Park HRC hosts the 2019 Australian Female Drivers Championship. It will feature the best female drivers from across the country. The Team Teal concept was created by Duncan McPherson OAM, who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010. Racing Queensland has raised more than $60,000 since 2017. The Women’s Cancer Foundation target is $250,000. Extensive results and race videos from last night’s meeting can be viewed here.   Duane Ranger  for Racing Queensland

Tomorrow is the day lady drivers all around Australia and New Zealand will hang up their traditional white driving pants and replace them with Teal pants for a very worthy cause. For the next six weeks (between February 1 and March 10) these ladies will form “Team Teal”, an awareness and fundraising campaign that connects the harness racing industry with Women’s Cancer Foundation. Each time a female driver wins a race they secure funds for ovarian and gynaecological cancer research conducted by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG). While the campaign initiated in Victoria in 2014, it has since grown to an international status with hundreds of reinswomen wearing teal driving pants last year, securing a total of 315 winners and close to $200,000 in donations. This year they strive for more with the fundraising goal set at $250,000. As in tradition the campaign ends with the Australian Female Drivers Championship, this year being staged at Albion Park on March 9. Narissa McMullen and Kylie Rasmussen will represent Queensland in the multi-race series and therefore have been selected as Queensland’s Teal Ambassadors who will also wear Teal driving silks throughout the campaign. McMullen has been the most successful Queensland female driver while driving in her teal pants for the past two campaigns, in which she has accumulated a total of 19 winners. “It’s great that we are back driving in the teal pants again this year, getting a winner is always great but to raise money for such a worthy cause while doing so is even better,” McMullen said. The harsh reality is that this year, more than 1400 women in Australia alone will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over 900 of these same women will die from the disease. The Women’s Cancer Foundation strives to change these statistics, however we need your help to raise much needed funding to support their research projects and raise awareness. Donation buckets and Teal merchandise will be available at Albion Park as well as many other harness clubs. You can also donate directly at https://donate.everydayhero.com/d/XS0leTYXVguOJ1_hqCb5_w/amount   Albion Park

The Queensland Derby and Queensland Oaks at Albion Park Harness Racing Club will be returned to their rightful status as Group 1 Classics worth $100,000 each from 2019, thanks to Racing Queensland’s new partnership with Tabcorp. Racing Queensland Chief Operating Officer Adam Wallish said the increases were just one example of the benefits the new partnership between Racing Queensland and wagering provider TAB would deliver. “These increases give our local trainers and owners two more chances to claim Group 1 glory,” Mr Wallish said. “The move also aims to bolster southern participation, which contributed largely to Racing Queensland’s record wagering figures on TAB Blacks A Fake and Sunshine Sprint nights in 2018.” Tabcorp Head of Wagering in Queensland, Sean Scott, said race clubs across Queensland would benefit from the new partnership. “There is excitement building in racing and wagering in Queensland and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The transition from UBET to TAB continues and we’re confident punters will love what TAB will bring to the Sunshine State,” he said. The TAB Queensland Oaks will be run at Albion Park in conjunction with the G2 Sunshine Sprint on 13 July 2019.  The TAB Queensland Derby will be held on TAB Blacks A Fake Night on 20 July 2019, alongside the G1 QBRED 2YO Triad Finals and the $200,000 TAB Blacks A Fake.    Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairman David Fowler said the increases would be of significant benefit to his club and the entire Queensland industry. “The Queensland Winter Carnival will now feature six Group 1 races including four on the final night of the carnival at Albion Park. That’s a feat the Queensland harness industry can be proud of,” Mr Fowler said. Queensland’s principal harness race caller Chris Barsby welcomed the news. “This is outstanding news because it really solidifies that Brisbane is the place to be during winter. As we know a lot of southerners like to head up and get into the warmer climate, but now with the extra prize money I think we’ll see a lot more interstaters heading this way,” he said.  Trainer Kylie Rasmussen won the 2011 Queensland Oaks with outstanding mare, Forever Gold, and will be have Group 1-winning filly Smart As Camm Be set for the 2019 TAB Queensland Oaks. “Most people when they buy a young horse have big dreams and if they can win an Oaks or a Derby that’s something very special,” she said. “To have the Derby and the Oaks back to Group 1, and more importantly, back to $100,000 races is just wonderful for Queensland.” Rasmussen said the recent $2 million prize money increases for harness were a welcomed lift to the industry. “The more prize money we can have spread over the board so as everybody gets a bit more is what the industry needs,” she said. “The QBRED scheme is back on target and looking really positive, especially now that you can win bonuses as an older horse.” Racing Queensland Harness Strategy and Development Manager David Brick said he looked forward to further announcements regarding the make-up of the carnival over the coming weeks and months. “These increases complement the $10,000 TAB Grand Final bonuses being offered to the winners of any Grand Circuit race during the 2018/19 season that then race in the TAB Blacks A Fake in July,” he said.   Racing Queensland

Albion Park Summer Carnival has attracted many talented types and they will be showcased in tomorrow night’s AQWA Constructions Christmas Cup and AQWA Constructions Forever Gold Mares Open. Continuing Christmas Cup night tradition, a visit from Santa has been arranged after race 3 at approx. 6.45pm. The carnival opening night was staged last Saturday where the John McCarthy trained Rakarolla NZ sailed to victory in the AQWA Constructions Be Good Johnny Sprint. It was the second time McCarthy has prepared the winner of the feature race named in honour of his former champion, the previous was Washakie in 2011. Mr Kalypso and trainer/driver Kylie Rasmussen were successful in the AQWA Constructions 2018 APHRC Member’s Cup. This was the horse’s seventh consecutive victory. Punters will appreciate that wagering service provider UBET is offering a number of attractive exotic betting propositions for this Saturday night’s meeting, spearheaded by a $25,000 First 4 Jackpot Pool on race 1 scheduled for 5:42pm EST. Additionally, $3,000 jackpot Trifectas are listed on races 3, 4 and 5 as well as a $2,500 Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5. For the most up to date form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting: http://www.harness.org.au/punting/punters-corner/form-analysis/?keyNum=234308 The opening event on the huge value packed 10 event card gets under way at 5:42pm EST. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au Visit the Club website at www.aphrc.com.au   Albion Park Harness Racing

The Queensland summer carnival features now beckon for Lilac Flash. That won’t shock anyone given the recent form of the former New Zealand pacer who made it 8 straight wins on Saturday night at Redcliffe when triumphant in the Comfort Inn Northgate Pace. Lilac Flash has been a revelation since heading across the Tasman Sea; the pint-sized Bettors Delight gelding has now won 12 of his last 15 starts. Since joining the stables of Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks, Lilac Flash has won 12 of his 19 starts in the Sunshine State. But his recent win streak has prompted connections to focus on the upcoming Albion Park features. “We’re considering some of the open class races during the summer carnival, his form is excellent and he deserves his shot for the better prizemoney. No doubt, this will be much harder but his form speaks for itself.” Co-trainer Weeks said. The Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprints kicks off the carnival on December 1 followed by the $20,660 Christmas Cup (December 8) and then the Gr.2 $50,660 Queensland Cup (December 15). The trio of open class features will be raced over the distances of 1660m, 2680m and 2138m. And all distances shouldn’t pose any issues for Lilac Flash. The zippy pacer has already recorded victories at Albion Park at the 1660m and 2138m while he is untried at the 2680m distance. However, he recently scored a comfortable victory at Redcliffe over the 2280m. “He’s still very green and he’s not simple to drive just yet because he’s always running in and out during his races, he’s slowly getting there but he’s not perfect yet. “His speed is obviously his key asset, he just seems to follow pace all day long and then rattle off some quick splits of his own. It will be interesting when he’s forced to follow the higher pressure in the open class races, we think he’ll handle it but it’s an unknown at this stage. “There’s obviously some handy open types running around currently plus there’s talk of some southerners heading up for it so competition will be strong but it will give us a good guide going forward. He’s been a great buy for the stable and it’s still pretty much his first campaign for us so a few more like him will be great.” Lilac Flash was previously prepared by respected south island trainer Tony Stratford in New Zealand. Unraced as a two-year-old, Lilac Flash won two races with 11 minor placings from 20 starts before being sold. Lilac Flash is raced by Darren Wilson.   Chris Barsby

Former racetrack queen Forever Gold has settled into her role of motherhood perfectly. Considered one of the best mares produced in the Sunshine State, Forever Gold wowed fans with her fierce tenacity and great desire to win during her many seasons of racing for owner/breeders Murray Cole and Beau Watson. Prepared by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks throughout her glittering career, the Famous Forever mare retired with 42 victories from 92 starts while amassing more than $700,000 in stakes. Some of her biggest victories include the Queensland Oaks, Inter Dominion heat, Governors Cup, Robin Dundee Stakes, Make Mine Cullen, 4/5yo Championship, Qld Ladyship Stakes (x 4) and the 2yo & 3yo QBRED Breeders Classic and Triads Finals. Feature race placings include Nursery Pace Final, Gold Coast Oaks, Ladyship Mile, Teeny Teeny, Ranji Bill, Angelique Club Cup, Northern Breeders Stakes, Queen of Hearts, Redcliffe Gold Cup, Lord Mayors Cup, Christmas Cup, Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake. Upon her retirement in 2015, Forever Gold headed to Egmont Park to take on her next role as a broodmare. At stud, the mare better known as ‘Tammy’ has delivered three foals. And the latest arrived just recently. Forever Gold delivered another healthy colt by North American siring sensation Captaintreacherous, a full brother to her previous mating. Captaintreacherous has enjoyed tremendous success in North America this season through the likes of Captain Ahab, Tall Drink Hanover, Captain Crunch, Treacherous Reign and Cruise Captain among others. His North American service fee has just been increased to $25,000 for 2019. Her first foal, now a two-year-old by Rock N Roll Heaven will soon head back to the Rasmussen/Weeks training operation for her next campaign. Rock N Roll Heaven has produced some wonderful fillies/mares including the likes of Shez All Rock, Rocknroll Magic, Mackenzie, Goodtime Heaven and Park Life among others. The filly is unnamed at this point. It is understood that Forever Gold will have the current breeding season off.   Chris Barsby

Classy performer January may have run her final race in Queensland. Negotiations are well advanced which could see the Cammibest – Ice Princess mare do her future racing in North America. In recent years, the desire of North American owners to purchase ‘downunder’ fillies and mares has grown exponentially given the success of Shartin, Nike Franco, Barynya, Delightful Memphis and Firebby among many others. The debut performance of all-conquering Australian and New Zealand three-year-old Filly of the Year Shez All Rock is eagerly anticipated. January, a last start winner at Albion Park on September 22 has raced in good form since joining the stables of Kylie Rasmussen winning 7 of her 22 starts. Placed at her past five starts, January proved too good defeating race favourite Mandy Kriden in the Changeover @ Burwood Stud Mares Pace over 2138m while recording a winning mile rate of 1:58.3. A winner of 13 of her 59 starts to date, her earnings now exceeds $100,000 following her latest victory. A graduate of the Redcliffe Yearling Sales, January displayed natural ability with a string of top efforts during her rookie season which culminated with placings in the $80,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Final and the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED 2yo Fillies Triad Final at Albion Park. January ranks as a half-sister to Perfection On Ice (10 wins), Silent Promises (1 win) and Modern Black Magic (2 wins). Chris Barsby

Well-travelled freelance driver Paul Diebert became a member of the 300 Club when he achieved his 300th career victory aboard French Diva at Redcliffe on May 24. Leeton-born Diebert moved to Queensland in February 2014, landing plenty of winners including a victory in the Queensland Young Drivers Championship Series before travelling to Perth for a stint in WA from August 2016. Diebert returned to Queensland in April 2017 and has gained plenty of opportunities from many trainers, including Jack Butler, who he was employed by upon his return. Driver Darren Weeks also achieved his 300th winner as a driver when January owned and trained by his partner Kylie Rasmussen won Race 2 at Redcliffe on June 6. To celebrate Weeks drove a second winner later that night, Darby Brights, who is also owned and trained by Kylie Rasmussen. Weeks returned from a spell winning at his first drive back aboard Skyfella Cam at Albion Park on April 27 and from a total of 22 drives this season, at time of writing, has driven eight winners and six placings – an excellent strike rate   Brett Rail Racing Queensland

For Kylie Rasmussen, starting the New Year came with a victory. And as a harness racing driver. On Tuesday afternoon, Rasmussen guided the ultra-talented Major Cam to success in the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Open Pace at Albion Park and easily accounted for Another Broadway and Stormfortheboys in a time of 1:54.2. “It was a very satisfying feeling, nice to back out there and driving a talented type.” Rasmussen said. While the result won’t shock many, the fact that Rasmussen hasn’t driven under race conditions since April fool’s day, 2016 will. On that occasion, Rasmussen came to grief when partnering Ella Michelle in the 4yo QBRED Mares Final at Albion Park which left her with injuries while aggravating older ones. While winners have continued for the stable, the former Albion Park metropolitan premiership winning driver watched from the stands. The eldest of the Rasmussen siblings, Kylie has driven in excess of 530 winners throughout her career including partnering Australia’s greatest pacer Blacks A Fake. Star mare Forever Gold (42 wins - $700k) was another great performer for Rasmussen. Over 300 winners have come from her training establishment. And she’s hoping Major Cam can record another victory this Saturday night when he lines up in the Remembering “Peter Profit” Open Pace over the distance of 1660m. The Art Major gelding has drawn gate six in the eight horse field. “I was really pleased with his effort the other day and he will improve from that run given he had a few weeks between starts, he was strong at the line. “In saying that, the draw looks a little tricky this weekend and in particular over the short trip. Should be a good race.” Major Cam has won 18 of his 19 races at the Breakfast Creek oval. Key rivals include former Queensland Derby winner Catcha Lefty and last week’s open class winner Glenferrie Hood while the brilliant beginner Ideal Scott will prove a real threat. Peter Profit was a Queensland hero during the late 1960’s and 1970’s winning 43 races at Albion Park and was a dual winner of the Albion Park 10,000.  Peter Profit won 45 races when trained by Frank Donohoe whose son Alan Donohoe drove the harness great to a few wins in his early career. Peter Profit, by the great James Scott, retired at the age of 13 with a personal best time of 2:01:5 and prize money worth $61,643 regarded as a true legend of the sport. Fittingly, he is a member of the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Chris Barsby

The decision has been made. Star harness racing horsewoman Kylie Rasmussen will not make a comeback to driving this weekend. Speculation grew on Tuesday of a return to race driving by the former metropolitan premiership winner to partner emerging star Major Cam in the $20,540 AQWA Constructions Lord Mayors Cup at Albion Park this Saturday night. Rasmussen took the winning trial drive behind the giant Art Major gelding when he romped home in a time of 1:56.7 on a rain affected surface. But those plans have been shelved. At least for now anyway. Rasmussen has engaged the services of talented reinsman Gary Whitaker to drive her stable star in the first of the open class features during the Racing Queensland summer carnival. Whitaker has driven 12 winners to date this season and is a dual Group One winning reinsman. “I thought about it long and hard but in the end, I went with Gary because he has race fitness on his side and I’m confident he will handle him well.” Rasmussen said. During the 2013/14 season, Rasmussen was a runaway winner in the metropolitan driver’s premiership and easily accounted for the likes of Grant Dixon and Shane Graham. Rasmussen drove 46 Albion Park winners that term and 118 overall for the season. During that season, Rasmussen suffered a back injury following a fall behind Heres Rommel while another nasty spill behind Ella Michelle in 2016 has left her on the sidelines ever since owing to the constant pain in the delicate back region. But a possible return seemed realistic given the emergence of Major Cam in recent times. The six-year-old has won 18 of his 31 starts to date while winning 5 of his last 7 efforts but Rasmussen has opted to remain in the grandstand. “He’s a very talented horse and his form is very strong, the draw makes it very tricky but he’ll be doing his best yet again. He hasn’t raced since September and will improve on whatever he does this weekend. “I thought he felt great in the trial earlier this week, he covered the ground so easily and his sectionals were solid so I’m happy with his condition. “Obviously Glenferrie Hood and Avonnova are the toughest to beat given their good draws, both are high quality rivals.” Rasmussen is no stranger to quality herself having partnered the likes of the country’s greatest ever pacer in Blacks A Fake (72 wins - $4.57 million) plus one of the state’s best mares in Forever Gold (42 wins - $700k). Chris Barsby

After starting the 2017 Queensland winter carnival, the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club will bring down the curtain tomorrow (Friday) night. The carnival commenced on June 2 with the running of the Gr.1 $100,000 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Classic Final and will end with the Listed $25,540 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse. And just like the opening night, the feature event will be keenly contested. A strong line-up has gathered for the four and five year old feature which will be staged over the 2280m distance. And despite the key early scratching of Leos Best owing to a virus, the race still boasts plenty of depth. Last start Albion Park winner Major Cam will command plenty of attention following his crushing victory last week in a time of 1:52.7. Prepared by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks, the giant Art Major gelding must overcome a tricky second-line draw. Major Cam is unbeaten at Redcliffe. The ideally drawn The Space Invader gets a perfect opportunity to land his first feature victory after drawing gate two. The Pacific Rocket gelding finished third behind Major Cam and Feel The Courage last weekend at Albion Park following his unplaced effort in the Sunshine Sprint against Hectorjayjay. The Space Invader scored at Albion Park four starts ago in 1:54.2. Trainer Stephen Cini has booked Isobel Ross for the drive. Classy mares Cherish The Moment and Bettorthanspecial will both prove hard to beat and both look well placed from their front-line draws. Cherish The Moment defeated Bettorthanspecial last start in the Listed $20,000 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes at Albion Park on July 8. Both mares possess excellent records at the track. And the fairer sex is chasing back to back victories in the event. Last year, high quality mare Barynya proved triumphant and is the only mare to win the event which was first staged in 2008. The inaugural winner was Be Diligent which was followed by Guitarzan, Elzar, Lightning Raider, Jack In Flight, Alberto Contador, Supreme Mach and Majestic Major. The Patrons Purse is listed as race 6 and will start at 9.05pm. Chris Barsby

The Garrard name is synonymous with harness racing. Through the business Garrards Horse & Hound which stretches throughout the southern hemisphere, the name appears almost everywhere through their generous sponsorship of all three racing codes on a daily basis. From the east coast to the west coast of Australia plus the north island to the south island of New Zealand, the Garrards name is emblazoned at most tracks, if not all. But the heart rests comfortably with the harness code. The family patriarch Chris is a former trainer/driver while his son Daren still puts the harness on a small but select stable on the north side of Brisbane at Burpengary. And the next generation continues to make inroads with Angus an active participant in the mini-trotting ranks in the sunshine state. There is no question; the Garrard family put plenty in. They breed, buy and race plenty. And the results speak for themselves. Last season, a pair of rookie pacers emerged as genuine talents for the future in Heart Of Change and Changeoverme both securing feature race victories. Heart Of Change won the Gr.2 $80,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Pace Final, an event which they sponsor while Changeoverme won the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park. Both pacers were prepared by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks. Now, both pacers have returned from their break. “They returned to work on Tuesday after both having a really good break, we were determined to give both a really good spell following their first season of racing and hopefully they come back a little stronger and better than before they went out.” Daren Garrard said. However, there is a slight change in the set-up this season. As is the custom, all youngsters start their early education before progressing to their first season of racing under the Rasmussen/Weeks banner before transferring to the Garrard stable. It’s a system with a proven track record. “We’re more than happy with the set-up we have and it comes down to a number of things, we have a high amount of youngsters each season and the record of Kylie and Darren with young stock is sensational, they’re both outstanding horse people. “Obviously both pacers we’ll be set for a number of features this season including the QBRED classics plus a few other targets are certainly on the agenda. Both have to come back and prove themselves again but I’m hopeful they’re still on the way up. “I think Heart Of Change is a nice filly, if she could do a similar job to Mathilda Diventa then we’re set for a fun season while Changeoverme should keep improving with time, his mother Mad Mel always seemed to come back a little better at the start of her preparations.” Both Heart Of Change and Changeoverme were bred by the Garrard family, both being progeny of the former New Zealand Cup champion Changeover who stands at the famed Nevele R Stud in Christchurch. The Garrard family has close ties to Nevele R Stud, just like they do with leading Queensland nursery, Burwood Stud on the Darling Downs. So don’t be surprised if more success comes their way this season. Chris Barsby

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