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Champion harness racing driver Pete McMullen scored a treble of wins at Albion Park yesterday but his performance was overshadowed by his younger sister Narissa McMullen reaching the 100 win milestone for a second consecutive season. Pete steered a race to race trotting double on Thumbs Up Jerry and Ode to Success then won the Rising Stars Championship Heat on Floyd Mayweather while Narissa saved the best for last and took family bragging rights, taking out the meeting closer on her father John’s horse Blessed Is The Boy. Making a one act affair of the Virginia Pace Mile (1660m), Blissful Hall five-year-old gelding Blessed Is The Boy scored by 7.4 metres from Chevals Diamond and Smiling High. It was the 10th career win for Blessed Is The Boy and career best mile in 1.58.4. Narissa was at her brilliant best and displayed the top form that she has shown also season with a tremendous strike rate over the last 12 months. Her strike is particularly impressive when the win and place form are considered together. Narissa has had 867 drives winning 100 races, placing 209 times and finishing fourth 96 times which means that she was a top four finisher 47% of the time and has a UDRS of 0.2231, her best in five seasons of race driving. 20-year-old Narissa's total stakes winnings so far for 2014/15 are $650,562. Last season Narissa drove 139 winners from 1064 drives and failed by just four wins to reach the ton in 2012/13. Narissa joins Shane Graham (249 wins), Grant Dixon (213 wins), Pete McMullen (170 wins) and Gary Whittaker (106 wins) as the only Queenslanders to reach the century of driving victories this season. She is also the State’s number one female driver, ranks fifth on the overall state premiership, fourth on the state’s metropolitan premiership and first on the state concession driver’s premiership. In another high point for the year, Narissa also won a half share in the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship. She dead-heated for the award with NSW’s Robbie Morris. For her share of the prize Narissa received a $10,000 travel study voucher. Narissa is also a contender for Queensland’s 2015 Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Young Achiever Award winning a monthly nomination in October last year. David Aldred

Racing Queensland Stewards today resumed their inquiry into the driving tactics adopted by Narissa McMullen (Louboutin Nz) in Race 2 the Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park on Saturday 6 June. This inquiry was adjourned to allow stewards to review previous performances of Louboutin Nz and to make further investigations regarding wagering information. After consideration, Miss McMullen was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 149(2) which states: A person shall not drive in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards is unacceptable. The particulars of the charge being the driving tactics adopted by Miss McMullen whereby she continued to pressure Louboutin Nz in an endeavour to obtain the lead from the 2138 metre starting point until passing the 1660 metres, when it was evident that Lumos (W Komorowski) had obtained the leading position and was holding that position comfortably were unacceptable. Miss N McMullen was found guilty of the rule and her licence to drive in races was suspended for a period of 4 weeks. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards took into account Miss McMullen’s good record in relation to this type of offence. Stewards directed that this term of suspension be served cumulatively with a 3 week suspension imposed on Saturday 13 June 2015. Miss N McMullen was advised of her rights to appeal. Panel: D Farquharson, L Wilson, C McLune - Racing Queensland

Miss Glamorganvale 2015, Narissa McMullen, has achieved another high point, winning a half share in the harness racing Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship. A panel of nine decided that a deadheat was the correct result for the efforts of McMullen and NSW candidate Robbie Morris. The Plunkett Foundation was formed by Harness Racing Australia and all other state control bodies, to provide support for participants in harness racing if they become ill or unable to work. The scholarship (in this case two serves of $10,000 apiece) also assists with career development in the junior ranks. McMullen was honoured to receive the award and is still deciding which country to travel to. "At this stage, I am tossing up between the US and New Zealand,'' she said. "Ideally, I would like to stay with a leading trainer and learn some techniques to help my future endeavours.'' Experience search NATHAN Purdon, a son of New Zealand's super trainer Mark Purdon has joined the stable of Ian Gurney. Having landed eight winners from 60 drives, Purdon is looking to extend his experience as a driver. His first outings in the sulky were three trial drives for Jack Butler, one of which Sammys A Kriden scored a runaway victory in 1-59.6 for 2138 metres with a last half in 56.4. Purdon joins former Wagga lad Paul Diebert striving to get drives in a large pool of concession or junior reins persons. The above pool contains the likes of Hayden Barnes, currently fourth on the concession drivers' table with 46 wins and 53 placings from 253 drives. Barnes will partner in-form pacer Bettor Draw tonight. Equal track record holder at 2138 metres, with a mile rate of 1-54.0, the seven year old gelding has managed nine placings from 10 starts for trainer/driver Narissa McMullen. Best overall effort has been a rate of 1-51.9 at Menangle NSW three starts back. Barnes is currently employed at the Turpin McMullen "winner factory'' at Patrick Estate Lowood. End of an era THURSDAY at Redcliffe saw the beginning of the end of an era. Go Gretel (Grant Dixon) is the last foal of the Queensland based super sire Fake Left. Fittingly bred an owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour's Solid Earth Pty Ltd form the top line mare, Girl In A Million, Go Gretel got home by 14.4 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. On that performance, Go Gretel will be around for a while and should see more of the winners' circle. The Kevin and Kay Seymour Goldrush Series for lower grade pacers has returned to the Friday meetings at Albion Park. With restricted class prize money ($3000) in the heats and a $12,000 country penalty final, the series is seen as a means of providing higher money for those pacers that cannot hack the pressure of the Seymour Rising Stars Championship. As has been the case for several seasons now, there appears to be little real benefit to the hobbyist/ battler in this initiative. Marburg meetings AFTER a successful Easter Sunday Fun Day, Marburg next races on Saturday, May 2. The feature of the meeting will be the first two rounds of the Marburg Junior Drivers Invitation. Due to the placement of meetings on the Marburg calendar the final rounds will be on Saturday, June 20, which is Ipswich City Councillors Charity Day. The 10 councillors will be sponsoring the meeting and donating to Ipswich Hospital Foundation, which the Marburg Pacing Association is proud to welcome as co-hosts on the big day. Put the two meetings in the black book. Honour board THE McMullen family dominated the leader board this week. Chantal Turpin was leading trainer on three wins while brother and sister Pete and Narissa McMullen ended the week locked together on five winning drives apiece. Albion Park, April 10: Five Star Trump (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone); Feel The Courage (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Millwood Chloe (Narissa for John McMullen); Don Boston (Adam Sanderson for Mick Grant). Albion Park, April 11: Lisesofine (C Petroff for Rachel Scott); Timeseel (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen); Corey Odonohue (Narissa for Ron Sallis); Courageous Kiwi (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Goldstar Invasion Adam Sanderson for Vicki Rasmussen). Albion Park, April 14: Captain Turbulence (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Horace Foxley (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Village Villain (Amy Rees for Eric Charlwood); Lady White Water (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Paint The Hammer (Pete for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, April 15: Left In Command (Lynn Paton for Steve Benham); Noel Hamric (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Strike Power (Danielle McMullen for Dave Millard); Crackerofarainbow (Hayden Barnes for Gary Greard); Elz Boy (Gary Whitaker for Steve Towns). Redcliffe, April 16: Imthe Golden Girl (Brad Cowen for Meagan Armour); Onajoyride (Narissa for John McMullen); R Eleven Seven (Pete for Daren Garrard); LeBron (Pete for Brian McCall); Dream Chapel (Narissa for Ron Sallis); All About Art (Narissa for Steven Cini); Billy Badlands (Gary Whitaker for Kerry Smith). By QT trotting columnist Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of

Queensland continued on their winning way last night. A team of six from the sunshine state took on Team Victoria in a harness racing junior drivers challenge at TABCORP Park Melton in a two race series. The Queensland team was made up of Hayden Barnes, Brittany Graham, Dannielle & Narissa McMullen, Trent Moffat and Amy Rees. Team Victoria comprised of Josh Aiken, Alex Ashwood, Haydon Gray, Mark Pitt, Jason Lee and Zac Phillips. It was a clean sweep for the Queensland team. Heat one went the way of Dannielle McMullen who took the winning drive aboard the Peter Thompson trained Our El Fuego in a time of 1;57.8 in the 2240m event. Placing’s were filled by fellow Queenslanders Narissa McMullen (Our Summer Wind), Trent Moffat (Mister Rufus) and Hayden Barnes (Brite Spark Lombo). Our El Fuego was the rank outsider and returned a dividend of $61.50. Heat two went the way of Hayden Barnes (Jambiani) who defeated Trent Moffat (Bushi) and Brittany Graham (Clarenden Daydream) in a time of 2;00.9 for the 2240m journey. Following a countback, the individual winner of the series was Hayden Barnes who beat Trent Moffat. “It was a great result for Queensland with a clean sweep and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they showcased their talents on foreign soil. It was great to see them catch up with friends while making new contacts; hopefully this helps them going forward,” Queensland Team Captain Kevin Seymour said. “I would like to thank Harness Racing Victoria and all of the trainers who supported the series, it’s about gaining experience and making them better and this is a great opportunity to do this.” Seymour added. In three series to date, Queensland has a perfect record after inflicting defeats over New South Wales, New Zealand and now Victoria. The winning form of Hayden Barnes continues with victories at Alexandra Park, Auckland late last year with Millie Sampson and then again last night at Melton with Jambiani. Seymour is now eyeing off a series against South Australian in the coming months. by Chris Barsby

Australian harness racing’s Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship has been split between to winners. New South Wales horseman Robbie Morris and Queensland’s Narissa McMullen will share the $20,000 grant, with the LPF’s Vaughn Lynch full of praise for the recipients. “Ellen Tormey was the inaugural winner of the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Scholarship and as such spent six weeks travelling internationally, learning a great deal about the industry, which will enable her to further her career here in Australia,” Lynch said. “This year after the panel of nine voted, there was a tie between Robbie and Narissa, so it was decided a joint scholarship will be awarded. “Both will get the opportunity to travel internationally to learn more about the industry.” Lynch praised the Foundation’s supporters and explained without them the scholarship would still be a pipedream. “A lot of money is raised through a stallion auction and most of the studs support us,” Lynch explained. “We would also like to thank a few of the state’s controlling bodies, like HRNSW, that support the foundation and the concept. “It was also great that on behalf of the foundation we could give Alex Tout from Success Stud, the Breeding Encouragement Award. “Alex will be able to travel overseas to further his knowledge and career.” HRNSW Media

The eyes of Australian trotting fans will focus squarely on Menangle this Sunday for Inter Dominion Final Day. There will be much interest north of the Tweed in the 7 Group 1 races and 3 Group 2 events to be held on the amazing 10 race card, as Queensland has plenty of representation. The Queensland interest starts in Race 2 where Narissa McMullen will be out to defend her title in the Lady Drivers Invitational that she won last year and she has drawn barrier 1 aboard Saloon Passage for trainer Nathan Hurst. With third placings at his last 2 Menangle starts, McMullen will be hoping to emulate her performance last year in taking the prize. Hoping to thwart McMullen’s chance at a repeat victory will be the Grant Dixon trained Major Moment. Qualifying for this race with an all the way Heat win 2 weeks ago, Goulburn based Amy Day will be entrusted with the drive. The next combatant for Queensland will be Corporal Luna who will take his place in the NSW Derby for trainer/driver Grant Dixon. The gelding made his way into the blue riband feature with a 5th placing in his heat held last Saturday night and will need to bring his best artillery after landing barrier 7. Race 6 is the 4YO Classic, the Chariots Of Fire and Dixon will be hoping for a scratching to allow his runner Alleluia to gain a start. Currently the 1st Emergency, should he gain a start, the wide barrier has not helped his chances as he will carry saddle cloth 11. Race 7 is the big one, the Inter Dominion Final and is set to jump at 2.42pm Queensland time. There will be dual representation for the Sunshine State following the Heats held a fortnight ago and the issuing of wildcards. Majestic Mach has drawn barrier 8 and Grant Dixon has achieved a unique milestone with his stable star. Razzle has the distinction of lining up in successive years in New South Wales biggest events, the Derby, the Chariots and now the pinnacle event, the Inter Final. The other Queenslander is the fairytale story of Avonnova. Being granted a wildcard, the Ian Gurney trained hulk has not fared well in the barrier draw and will start from barrier 13. Will it prove to be an unlucky number or will it be the lucky blessing for the reigning Queensland Horse Of The Year? The way the Avonnova story has unfolded, there is every opportunity that there is another chapter to be written. The Bohemia Crystal Free For All is Race 8 and features the biggest Queensland participation. Narissa McMullen will saddle her first Group 1 runner as a trainer/driver when she partners the rejuvenated Bettor Draw from barrier 2. A luckless 3rd in the Brisbane Interdominion Heat will ensure that Bettor Draw is well supported after the favourable barrier in this event. Forever Gold starts from barrier 8 for trainer driver Darren Weeks and will be hoping for more luck than last year’s Interdominion Final. Like Majestic Mach it will be the third year in succession that Forever Gold will line up in a Group 1 race on Final day at Menangle. Majestic Major will start to the immediate outside of Forever Gold in his first ever taste of Group 1 competition and will be hoping that the staying journey of 2400m will better suit his constitution than the hard and fast mile racing that Sydney’s premier track presents. The Trotters have their moment in the Group 1 spotlight in the penultimate race of the day. Queensland interest here lies with the Dixon trained and driven Our Overanova. Stopping in Sydney for 2 starts before heading further south to the Great Southern Star Series in Victoria, he will line up for just the 2nd time in his career in a Group 1 event. Connections will be hoping that history does not repeat, as at his only Group 1 performance Our Overanova galloped when under pressure and a repeat of that will not help his cause. Formerly trained in Queensland, Supper Waltz Wilson is still owned by a Queenslander, Lawson Cockburn. Wilson’s former trainer and Lawson’s grandson Bart Cockburn will take the drive on the gelding that will face the starter in a Group 1 event for the first time at his 131st race start. The last race on the day is the Group 2 Carnival Stakes and the Grant Dixon trained Only The Brave is the 2nd Emergency and will be relying on scratchings to force his way into the field. Add to these Queensland trained or driven horses mentioned above will be at least 7 other horses who boast Queensland based ownership interests. They are Our Hi Jinx, Smooth Showgirl, For A Reason, Bettor Bet Black, Lochinver, Pub Blitz and Gaius Caesar. It all shapes well for a Queensland assault on Super Sunday. Racing Queensland

Tuesday saw the Queensland Young Guns travel to Sydney for the New South Wales leg of harness racings State of Origin Young Drivers Championship. The joint initiative between Racing Queensland and Harness Racing New South Wales was the brainchild of outgoing Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairman Kevin Seymour AM. The group consists of 10 young trotting participants who were selected to engage in a range of programs aimed at educating the group to further their knowledge, not only in the sport but in business, presentation and media. The Young Guns selected for the initial group training are Pete McMullen, Chantal Turpin, Hayden Barnes, Amy Rees, Ryan Veivers, Narissa McMullen, Dannielle McMullen, Brittney Graham, Trent Moffat and Isobel Ross. With early starts not being a problem for this group, they gathered in the wee hours at Brisbane Airport ready to jet off to Sydney for a day full of programmed activities. Looking extremely smart in their team uniform, the professional look the team displayed was a credit to all. Arriving in Sydney, first stop following a trek over the Harbour Bridge was the Frenchs Forest studios of SKY Channel. The group were given a tour of the studios and were able to meet and question some of the SKY ‘stable of stars’. Narissa and Trent were then interviewed for a segment of In The Gig that aired on Tuesday night. Venturing from the North-East back to the South-West, it was all aboard the express to Menangle. Of the 10 Young Guns, 5 were selected in Queensland’s starting lineup with 1 on the ‘bench’. Unfortunately for Pete McMullen, he met the wrath of stewards at Albion Park on Saturday night, meaning Brittany Graham was called into the starting lineup. Brittany joined the other starters, Narissa McMullen, Chantal Turpin, Trent Moffat and Amy Rees to provide the Queensland team with a strong advantage in experience. The Queenslanders boasted a combined total of 739 career wins with Narissa and Chantal both having over 300 wins a piece going into the Series opener. Taking to the track in the New South Wales lineup were Kasey Hocking, Chris Geary, Kylie Barnes, Cameron Jones and Todd Prest with a combined total of 128 wins. The total lifetime winners counted for little once the on track action started, especially considering that only Chantal and Narissa had previously driven at the famed Menangle circuit. Kylie Barnes, the most experienced of the Sky Blue Brigade put on a clinic in the first 2 races to show the Maroons that the Blues would not be easy-beats on their own dirt. In cold, wet and windy conditions the first race saw two scratchings, leaving both teams one runner short with Trent Moffat and Todd Prest left to cheer from the stands. In a great finish where only 5 metres separated the field, Kylie Barnes came with a well-timed run aboard Miss Artistic Tara to score majority points over Cameron Jones. Narissa McMullen was Queensland’s first finisher, coming in third position. Heat Two saw victory once again go to the Blues and once again it was Kylie Barnes to the fore. As the field turned for home, Barnes driving the race favourite El Chango, loomed up to the leader Eagles Ace and looked to run right on by. However, Narissa McMullen driving Eagles Ace fought back, as did Bazzas Art for Chantal Turpin. As the trio drove down to the wire, El Chango packed too many guns and scored a gutsy victory for his cartel of owners. Turpin finished second with Narissa third. It was left until the last Heat for Queensland to restore some pride and Trent Moffat provided the right tonic aboard Fellas R Trouble. Leading off the barrier, “The Moff” gave no others a look in with a very controlled drive to take the field all the way in a barrier to box performance. Brittany Graham making the most of her call up to the starting lineup ran into second place with the outsider of the field Major Command to provide the quinella to Queensland. Chris Geary finished third to avoid a Queensland trifecta. The series now moves to Albion Park for the deciding three Heats on Friday and early indications see it going down to the wire, despite New South Wales holding a 17 point lead. TrotTips Michael Polster’s form assessment sees two of those heats going to Queensland. Racing Queensland  

Leading reinsman Mathew Neilson has registered another century season. Neilson posted the milestone moment with a driving double on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park when successful aboard the Peter Donohoe trained He Gets It and the Shawn Grimsey prepared Pacific Cruza. It becomes the eighth season where Neilson has driven more than 100 winners. During the 2001/02 season Neilson registered his maiden century with a total of 113 while his biggest haul came during the 2002/03 season when he landed his first double century with 204 winners. With his tally currently sitting at 101 for this term, he finds himself second on the Queensland statewide premiership table behind dynamic junior driver Narissa McMullen who has a total of 103 winners to date. McMullen, a third generation horseperson has been in tremendous form this season which includes multiple victories in New South Wales but is currently serving a two week suspension. On Inter Dominion Grand Final day (March 2) at TABCORP Park, Menangle, McMullen landed an all-the-way victory aboard the Peter Walsh trained Essbee Doubleyou in the Gr.2 $50,000 Lexus International Lady Drivers Invitational. The battle between McMullen and Neilson in the final months of the season should be enthralling. “It’s nice to reach that figure again but I’ve just got to keep improving on it, there’s still a long way to go this season with several good drivers competing.” Neilson said. The lightweight driver is now preparing his own team of horses after splitting with leading conditioner Grant Dixon earlier this year and has recently invested in a new property at Toorbul, north of Brisbane where he will expand on his stable. Other Queensland based drivers close to registering century seasons include Grant Dixon, Pete McMullen, Shane Graham and Bart Cockburn. Another milestone moment from Tuesday’s meeting arrived for rookie horseman Hayden Barnes, who prepared his first winner as a trainer when Alberts Flight proved too strong for his rivals in the New Farm TAB Pace in a time of 1;55.5. Barnes prepares the son of Flight N Irish for James McDonogh. Currently employed by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, Barnes previously spent time with Darrel Graham along with his father Al. Barnes has driven 9 career winners to date. By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

SA BOTRA who put over $48,000 is bonus and extra stake money in South Australia are currently running a on line auction to raise funds to continue to support Harness Racing in the state.   They are auctioning the set of horse shoe full framed that Smoken Up aka "Trigger" wore on his way to a Australasian record at Menangle Park NSW of 1.49.9 on November 23rd 2013   This must for any lover of Harness Racing comes framed with certificate of authenticity signed by his trainer Lance Justice.   This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on this piece of harness racing history. A true collector's item.   This item is being offered by SA BOTRA.   Proceeds of this auction will be used to promote harness racing in South Australia. To make a big you only have few hours left go to \   Gary Newton    

There were winners left, right and centre after the opening race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon. The Menangle track was a “first-up” winner with horses coming from everywhere in the closing stages of the final heat of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship as the Peter Walsh-trained Little Red Cloud got the money with a 1:59.9 mile rate over the 2400m journey. Tasmanian reinsman Dylan Ford may have also given a hint of things to come for his fellow Tasmanian Beautide in the TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final later in the day when he brought Little Red Cloud with a well-timed run up the middle of the track to score. All the competitors in the Young Drivers Championship rated the track in remarkable condition despite persistent showers over the weekend, with every runner accorded a fair run. Still none were more satisfied than New Zealand’s Andre Poutama, who finished seventh with Im Blue Double Dee, but accrued enough points to take the series from another Kiwi, Samantha Ottley. Poutama, from New Zealand’s North Island, went into the race with a 13 point lead and was desperate to avoid running in the last couple to jeopardise his chances of winning the overall series. Little Red Cloud grabbed Poacher (Aaron Bain) in the shadows of the post, with Condagen (Josh Duggan) third. Trainer Peter Walsh’s good run continued in the Lexus International Lady Drivers Invitational when Narissa McMullen led all-the-way with his pacer Essbee Doubleyou. The Queensland reinswoman took the son of Presidential Ball straight to the top from barrier nine where they dictated terms throughout. Rolling through the quarters in 27.1, 29.0, 28.5 and 27.4s, which resulted in a slick mile rate of 1:52.0, again proving the track was in fine order for the string day of racing ahead. Bathurst reinswoman Amanda Turnbull finished second with Medal Of Honour while the Tasmanian Kate MacLeod finished third with Ballochbuie. Harness Racing NSW

Three more heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship were held at Bathurst last night. Sam Ottley picked up a win in the first heat. Andre Poutama also had a good night, gaining three placings and increasing his lead in the Championships. In the first heat Sam started her night strong with a win in the third heat of the Championships and first heat of the night. She drove the horse brilliantly and was able to hold off Dylan Egerton-Green from Western Australia who finished in second. Andre stuck on for a good third and Simon McMullan’s horse tired after having to work hard early. Andre continued his great run in Heat 4, holding on for 2nd after sitting parked throughout. Simon came into 7th place and Sam’s runner got back and failed to run on. Heat 5 saw Andre finish the night well, bringing up another 3rd placing. He has now had 5 drives in the Championship for a win and three placings. Sam ran home late for 6th and Simon came in 9th. Andre has a strong lead of 13 points. The current leader board after the first five heats is as follows: 1st        Andre Poutama NZ North            49 2nd       Dylan Egerton-Green – WA         36 3rd        Amanda Turnbull - NSW             35 4th        Aaron Bain – SA                        34 5th        Narissa McMullen - QLD            32 5th        Samantha Ottley – NZ South      32 7th        Aiden De Campo - WA               29 8th        Dylan Ford - TAS                       28 9th        Joshua Duggan - VIC                 27 10th      Simon McMullan – NZ                23 Heats continue at Young tonight in Heat 6 (5:53pm NZT) & Heat 7 (6:33pm NZT). Full fields are below. 2014 AYDC - Young - Thursday 26 February - Heat 6 - 5.53pm (NZT)   Form Horse Driver 1 6r155 GLADS GRIN (Em 1)   2 24327 CASINO LASS Joshua Duggan (C) 3 667s1 STARZZZ IN ORDER Dylan Egerton-Green (C) 4 34832 CLAIRE ELIZABETH Aaron Bain (C) 5 64538 KENNETH LLOYD Amanda Turnbull 6 75231 JACK RUSTLER Andre Poutama (C)  ---------- Second Row ----------  7 1r251 BRYCE COOPER Aiden De Campo (C) 8 21215 PINEGROVE Narissa McMullen (C) 9 5172s HOME IN INDIANA Samantha Ottley (C) 10 46252 FUI FUI Simon McMullan (C) 11 53484 CHIEF FAIRMAN Dylan Ford (C)   2014 AYDC - Young - Thursday 26 February - Heat 7 - 6.33pm (NZT)   Form Horse Driver 2 63257 BEETSON Narissa McMullen (C) 3 12315 PERFEZIONE Dylan Ford (C) 4 65119 KYALLA LUKE Samantha Ottley (C) 5 22114 GENERAL ATWORTHY Simon McMullan (C) 6 44113 USHER NZ Dylan Egerton-Green (C)  ---------- Second Row ----------  7 71120 BEE MINE Aaron Bain (C) 8 55748 GREY NOMAD SCRATCHED 9 41081 COOGEE COOGEE Amanda Turnbull 10 38392 TRANSACTION NZ Andre Poutama (C) Harness Racing New Zealand

The first heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championship were held at Tabcorp Park Menangle last night. In the first heat Sam Ottley made the most of her inside draw and went to the lead and set the pace throughout, her horse tired but managed to hold on for 5th. Simon McMullan had a good trip in the one-one and ran home for a nice second. Andre Poutama settled at the back and couldn’t make up much ground in a fast-run race. The second and last heat of the night saw the tables turn and Andre led all the way on the favourite to win in a mile rate of 1.52.8! Sam’s horse galloped behind the mobile and Simon’s broke on the home turn, they both finished near the back. Andre is now leading the Championships with 19 points on the board. Simon is sitting 5th= and Sam in 7th. Heats are continued tonight at Bathurst, with Heat 3 run at 8.37pm, Heat 4 at 9.40pm and Heat 5 at 10.11pm. Australasian Young Drivers Championships - Heat 3, Heat 4 and Heat 5 fields 2014 AYDC - Bathurst - Wednesday 26 February - Heat 3 - 8.37pm (NZT)  Form Horse Driver 1 51s24 WARNER Narissa McMullen (C) 2 45s19 AURORA SCOTT Dylan Ford (C) 3 77268 IM NO LADY Aiden De Campo (C) 4 97124 PRINCE RAYMAC Simon McMullan (C) 5     s2811     CORZAN    EFFECT    NZ    (Em    1)         Samantha    Ottley    (C) 6 1s483 VAMPISH HANOVER SCRATCHED 7 34232 ONAJOYRIDE Aaron Bain (C)  ---------- Second Row ---------- 8 1211s ABERCROMBIE ALICE Dylan Egerton-Green (C) 9 s1821 MARQUEZ Andre Poutama (C) 10 6291s AUSSWIN Joshua Duggan (C) 11 31635 TULHURST JAILBREAK Amanda Turnbull 2014 AYDC - Bathurst - Wednesday 26 February - Heat 4 - 9.40pm (NZT)  Form Horse Driver 1 35344 MYSTERIOUS BLISS Amanda Turnbull 2 s4399 SUNSHINE FILLY (Em 1) 3 76586 TRULY MISS TERIOUS NZ Joshua Duggan (C) 4 26s11 OH SO SWEET Andre Poutama (C) 5 35241 RAGING RHUBEN NZ Dylan Egerton-Green (C) 6 25333 CRACKERJACK JO Aaron Bain (C) 7     5s303     DANCELITTLEBABY         Samantha    Ottley    (C)  ---------- Second Row ---------- 8 13763 GRIN FOR MISS Simon McMullan (C) 9 2s322 SO KOOL HARRY Aiden De Campo (C) 10 s6313 WILLIAM PETER Dylan Ford (C) 11 72688 BEEJAY EMDEE Narissa McMullen (C) 2014 AYDC - Bathurst - Wednesday 26 February - Heat 5 - 10.11pm (NZT)  Form Horse Driver 1 11191 SMOKIN BOPPER NZ Dylan Ford (C) 2 56543 SIGNORY SHANNON Simon McMullan (C) 3     44727     JOANNIE    PONY         Samantha    Ottley    (C) 4 62345 GETALOADAHER Narissa McMullen (C) 5 0460s MINERS LANE Aiden De Campo (C) 6 11222 PRECIOUS M NZ Andre Poutama (C) 7 11238 TANGLES NZ Amanda Turnbull  ---------- Second Row ---------- 8 11117 HIGHVIEW CONALL NZ Aaron Bain (C) 9 24439 RED VEE HANOVER Dylan Egerton-Green (C) 10 607s2 TRUCKER Joshua Duggan (C) Harness Racing New Zealand

From Grand Circuit winners to premiership leaders - this year's Lexus International Lady Drivers Race certainly has it all. Ten of the top reinswomen from across Australasia were selected today for the race on TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final Day at Tabcorp Park Menangle, March 2. Most are not new to the series and both Jodi Quinlan and KerryAnn Turner will return to defend their title. The 2014 line-up: New Zealand Natalie Rasmussen Queensland Narissa McMullen New South Wales KerryAnn Turner Lauren Panella Amanda Turnbull Amy Day (reserve) Victoria Jodi Quinlan Kerryn Manning Kate Gath South Australia Danielle Hill Tasmania Kate Macleod The invitations were issued in accordance with the condition that the respective ladies were the leading drivers in their state at the time of the decision. For further information telephone NSWHRC racing manager David Wonson on 0438 398 251. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Harness racing stars from both sides of the Tasman will go on display when the Lexus Of Parramatta 2014 Australasian Young Drivers Championship is conducted during the 2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Championship Sydney. Ten of the most talented reinsmen and women in Australasia will gather in Sydney and do battle for points in ten events at five race meetings, including the final heat on TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final day. In addition the group will visit Steve Turnbull's training establishment near Bathurst and participate in social activities along with attending the Inter Dominion Ball, Barrier Draw and Calcutta. Representatives and details are as follows; NSW Amanda Turnbull NZ Simon McMullan NZ North Island Andre Poutama NZ South Island Samantha Ottley QLD Narissa McMullen SA Aaron Bain TAS Dylan Ford VIC Joshua Duggan WA Aiden De Campo WA Dylan Egerton - Green Heat Location Day Date D/N   Heat 1 Tabcorp Park Menangle Tuesday 25 February Day   Heat 2 Tabcorp Park Menangle Tuesday 25 February Day   Heat 3 Bathurst Wednesday 26 February Night   Heat 4 Bathurst Wednesday 26 February Night   Heat 5 Bathurst Wednesday 26 February Night   Heat 6 Young Thursday 27 February Day   Heat 7 Young Thursday 27 February Day   Heat 8 Bankstown Friday 28 February Day   Heat 9 Bankstown Friday 28 February Day   Heat 10 Tabcorp Park Menangle Sunday 2 March Day Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

The 2014 Reinswomens Challenge will be the feature at Betezy Park Globe Derby next Saturday with some of Australia's best talent named to represent their state. Amy Day, who will represent NSW, drove 48 last season, while exciting young 19-year-old Queenslander Narissa McMullen, who drove 96 winners, and Lola Weidemann (81 Wins in 2012/13) will don the Queensalnd colours.   Victoria is represented by Jodi Quinlan 86 wins, Ellen Tormey 75 winners, Rebbecca Bartley 47 wins, and Lisa Miles 46 wins.   The local talent includes top driver Danielle Hill, 94 wins last season, Leah Harvey 22 wins, and Gina Bell 15 wins, while Kerry Green is the reserve.   There is three races planned for the Invitation Reinswomens Challenge with the winner decided by points.   Also scheduled on the program is the running of the Nevele R Stud South Australian Oaks and the SA Heroine Stakes for mares.   Entry is by gold coin donation to Cancer Council of SA Pink Ribbon Appeal.   By Gary Newton    

Talented 19-year-old harness driver Narissa McMullen has been selected to represent Queensland in the 2014 Australasian Young Driver’s Championship held in Sydney as part of the Inter Dominion Grand Final Week. Narissa won the 2013 Chairman’s Award, BOTRA Rising Star and September’s Centenary Classic Young Achievers monthly award at the Queensland Harness Industry Awards on October 13, 2013. Queensland Harness Racing Board (QHRB) Chairman Brad Steele said she was the perfect selection to represent Queensland in the prestigious race series. “Narissa is highly competent and professional reins person who has achieved sustained great success over the past few seasons,” Mr Steele said. “We have been very impressed with the manner by which Narissa conducts herself both on and off the race track and feel she is most deserving of the privilege to represent our state and sport. We wish her every success.” The daughter of industry stalwart John McMullen and granddaughter of John McMullen Snr., Narissa has had a successful season accumulating 69 wins and 86 placings from 395 starts. She also is an aspiring trainer with eight wins and 12 placings to her name from 60 starters, forging her own name out of the shadows of older brother Pete McMullen. For more information on Inter Dominion Grand Final Week, please visit   Racing Queensland

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