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Exciting New Zealand filly Nek Time impressed in her first Albion Park hit-out today (Friday). The Terry and Glenys Chmiel prepared filly arrived on Brisbane soil last weekend in preparation for the upcoming harness racing features, the $20,000 Gold Coast Oaks (July 2) followed by the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Oaks the following week. Both events will be staged over 2138m. Nek Time was given the opportunity to familiarise herself with the Albion Park oval with a trial over 1660m and scored comfortably in a time of 1:55.2 after coming off the speed. Sectionals were covered in 28.2, 28.2, 29.1 and 29.9 seconds. The Gotta Go Cullect filly was handled by Joe Taaffe. “Whatever she did today, there was always going to improvement to come from the filly and I’m content with where she is at as we head towards our targets. These races won’t be easy and we’ll need no bad luck heading our way.” Terry Chmiel said. Nek Time created a national record when successful in the Gr.2 $45,000 Southland Oaks by a widening margin at Invercargill back in April. The 2700m feature was covered in a time of 1:58.8. In her most recent start, Nek Time finished a tidy third against quality three-year-old performers Shandale and Motown at Alexandra Park, Auckland on June 10. Nek Time is raced by Robert and Sharon Symon. Chris Barsby

Star Kiwi pacer Christen Me and harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety are all set for a tilt at the inaugural UBET Picket Fence Bonus. After arriving in Australia last Saturday, the pair familiarised themselves with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club circuit on Wednesday ahead of Christen Me's first Brisbane start for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. The $2 million earner will line-up as a short-priced $1.30 favourite with UBET in Saturday night's Group 3 Wondais Mate (1660m) at Albion Park en route to the Group 1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake (2680m) on Saturday, July 16. If Christen Me can win two races on the trot and also take out the feature Blacks A Fake, connections will secure the $50,000 UBET Picket Fence Bonus on offer for Open Class pacers. Christen Me’s trackwork session at Albion Park and hear Dalgety’s thoughts on the UBET Picket Fence concept. Watch the UBET Picket Fence promotional video. While Christen Me is the star attraction for Saturday night’s Wondais Mate, the field also includes the Narissa McMullen-trained Bettor Draw, who has returned to Queensland following a successful stint in Sydney which netted a credible second to World Record holder Beautide at Menangle on March 11. Queensland ironhorse Destreos will also line-up for his 410th race start for trainer Ken Rattray, while rising star trainer Ryan Veivers will gear-up in-form gelding Secret Smile, who faces his acid test after winning his past five starts. In other races on the program, Stormfortheboys (Vicki Rasmussen) will vie for his second UBET Picket Fence series victory, after winning at Albion Park last Saturday on the opening night of the eligible race period. Three-year-olds Living Again (Belinda McCarthy) and Catcha Lefty (Cristina Monte) are also vying for their second Picket Fence victory in Saturday’s Rising Stars Championship Final (1660m). UBET Picket Fence Winners (as of 23/6/16)         18-Jun   Open Class   3 YO Horse   2YO QBRED - C&G   2YO QBRED Fillies Albion   AVONNOVA   LEOS BEST   MAESTRO BELLINI   BONNIE JUJON     STORMFORTHEBOYS       CLINTAL DO   IM NORMA JEAN                   21-Jun   Open Class   3 YO Horse   2YO QBRED - C&G   2YO QBRED Fillies Albion       LIVING AGAIN NZ                 CATCHA LEFTY                 TIMMO TIME                           22-Jun   Open Class   3 YO Horse   2YO QBRED - C&G   2YO QBRED Fillies Redcliffe       ROCKNROLL ANNIE   SHADOW STORM                       Albion Park, Saturday, June 25 - Horses aiming for their 2nd Picket below:     25-Jun   Open Class   3 YO Horse   2YO QBRED - C&G   2YO QBRED Fillies Albion   STORMFORTHEBOYS   LIVING AGAIN NZ                 CATCHA LEFTY           For further information please contact: Communications Manager Adam Gardini on 0438 733 738 or agardini@racingqueensland.com.au Communications Officer Michelle Anderson on 0408 579 285 or manderson@racingqueensland.com.au

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. Here’s a profile featuring an up and coming open class talent, a real star in the making and a horse that has many people excited. Name: Hectorjayjay Stable Name: Hector Age: 5yo gelding Owner: Matt McLellan, Earl Sakareassen, Mick Harvey, Jane Hughes, Luke & Paul Stokie, Gareth Hall Trainer: David Aiken Driver: Gavin Lang Prizemoney: $355,832 Biggest win: 4 & 5yo Championship, Mildura Cup, 4yo Breeders Crown, Warragul Cup Target: Gr.2 $50,000 Sunshine Sprint (July 9) & the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake (July 16) Trainer says: “A recent addition to the stables but a pacer with enormous talent and abundant speed. While a great foundation has already been laid, we’re still sorting him and getting to know him but we’re very happy with the job he’s done for us so far and the best is yet to come. The Queensland carnival provides a perfect springboard into the elite races and the Inter Dominion later this year is the long range target so we’ll learn a lot more about him in Brisbane.” Barsby says: “A pacer with unbelievable ability and speed that can torch his rivals in an instant. He’s destined for the very top and it’s just a matter of when, not if, so the Queensland carnival will see him pitted against some proven Grand Circuit like opposition and he will thrive on the hard style racing that Brisbane is renowned for in the coming weeks. Over the years, the Queensland winter carnival has nurtured some great pacers and Hector is about to join that famous list.”

Top young Victorian Harness Racing horseman Matthew Craven is heading to Queensland. The emerging star is keen to chase Group One glory in both the Queensland Oaks and Derby with a pair of richly talented ex-kiwi pacers in Im Wrongly Accused and Kimani. And he’s heading north next week. Im Wrongly Accused has already shown her class by winning a heat of the Victoria Oaks earlier this season while Kimani is yet to race on Australian soil following his purchase from the stables of Barry Purdon recently. “The Queensland winter carnival has been on my radar for some time and I think I’ve got the right horses to head north with, the filly has proven she can compete with the best while Kimani is very talented and the Derby was an obvious target.” Craven said. Winning a Derby classic has proven elusive so far this season for Craven with another former kiwi pacer in Cant Refuse coming up short in the Victoria, New South Wales and West Australian features. Cant Refuse finished as a runner-up in the Sydney feature while running a close fourth in the other two events. Kimani is a son of super sire Bettors Delight out of the former champion filly Lizzie Maguire and gave a glimpse of his ability with a stylish trial at Terang last Sunday. Kimani rated 1:55.7 for the 2180m workout and scored by a widening margin. “I was very happy with the effort in the trial last weekend and he’ll improve on that obviously because that’s the first serious hit-out I’ve given to date. He had a good blow following the trial but he’s come through it in good style. “I’m keen to start him in a ‘CO’ event at Albion Park next week before pushing to the Gold Coast and Queensland Derby features. He’s pretty good and I’m looking forward to starting him up there.” Despite her scratching today (Wednesday), Im Wrongly Accused remains on target for the Queensland campaign. The Bettors Delight filly was ruled out owing to a hoof abscess and Craven wasn’t prepared to take any risks. “It’s not a major issue but I wasn’t prepared to take any chances, we’ll get it sorted and she’ll be ready for the Gold Coast Oaks on Saturday week. “This filly possesses very good speed and the pattern of racing up there should suit her ideally, these features have been earmarked for some time.” Another in-form pacer making the trip north is Roy George, an impressive last winner last night (Tuesday) at Ballarat. The Grinfromeartoear six-year-old has won 10 of his 15 starts including 7 of his past 8 starts. Craven is considering a $20,000 Rising Stars Championship series for the talented gelding. Chris Barsby

It’s onwards and upwards from here. That’s the simple philosophy that Queensland Harness Racing owner Greg Mitchell is carrying after a spate of setbacks ruled out many of his current racing team. With the winter carnival now upon us, Mitchell was looking forward to being part of the action but a number of his troops have been sent to the spelling paddock owing to injury. But every cloud has a silver lining. Both Alleluia and Our Overanova, the two best performers for Mitchell are ready to fill the void. “Yeah, it’s been a lean period recently with many of the team succumbing to injury including the likes of Only The Brave, Major Moment and a few others. The timing was unfortunate but nobody can predict these things so it’s best to turn the page and having both Youi (Alleluia) and Nova (Our Overanova) back is a great start.” Mitchell said. The classy Alleluia has not raced since competing in the Queensland Pacing Championship last October after suffering a type of shin soreness. The multiple feature race winner was given a lengthy break away from racing but returns to the trials tomorrow (Tuesday) for trainer/driver Grant Dixon. But he won’t be rushed back into the upcoming features. “We’ve been very diligent with his time away from the track and his rehabilitation and despite the fact the big races are tempting, we’ll stick to our original plan. I know Grant is very happy with the way he’s training and the public hit-out this week will be a good start point. “In a perfect world, the features at Redcliffe at the back end of the carnival will be his main targets, races like the Patrons Purse and a repeat of his Redcliffe Cup is the main aim. We’ll be under able to get a few races under his belt and that should have him peaking for the Redcliffe features. “Nova is back from his southern campaign and he’ll be starting this weekend, his record at  is great and the Marathon on July 9 is an obvious target for him. He was a bit unlucky in a number of races for Mick (Stanley – trainer/driver) so I was happy with his efforts.” Alleluia scored an outstanding victory in last year’s Redcliffe Cup when he set a new track record. The Listed $25,000 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse is scheduled for July 22 while the Gr.3 $30,000 Redcliffe Cup is the following week. Chris Barsby

Dual Queensland harness racing 'Horse of the Year' Avonnova took the first steps towards winning the inaugural UBET Picket Fence Bonus after scoring a popular win in tonight’s feature Lucky Creed Pace (2680m) at Albion Park. The nine-year-old gelding took up the running in the Group 3 event and then fended off the challenge from the in-form Ultimate Art in a two-horse war over the concluding stages to win in near track record time (1:55.2). The victory gave the popular Queenslander the perfect start to his QLD Winter Racing Carnival preparation as he tries to win his first Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park – a race he has been placed in twice over the past two years. If Avonnova can win again en route to the Blacks A Fake, it would also give trainer and part-owner Ian Gurney the chance to claim the $50,000 UBET Picket Fence Bonus for open class pacers on the final night of the QLD Winter Racing Carnival on July 16. “I’ve got one win up, only two to go,” joked Gurney of the UBET Picket Fence Bonus. “He’ll be better in a month’s time. He’s going to improve a lot off that run.” Gurney said he was proud of the affection the Queensland crowds continue to show for his ‘old warrior’. “They love him, everyone loves ‘Nova’,” said Gurney. “He’s just an old warrior. He’s beautiful and quiet – a magnificent animal. “I think he’s got a little fan club.” There was also plenty of merit in the performance of Ultimate Art, who had won eight straight races in the lead-up to the race but was forced to work hard outside Avonnova after being beaten for pace early. “It’s only 0.2 seconds outside the track record. I knew Avonnova would run a big race but the second horse (Ultimate Art) went massively I thought, he probably was the run of the race,” said Gurney. In the other feature races on the night, longtime owner John Mammino recorded an emotional first ever Black Type race win when Bonnie Jujon took out the Group 2 QBRED Breeders Classic Final for 2yo Fillies. Mammino has been an owner since the early 1980s and uses the “Jujon” prefix when naming all his horses in tribute to his wife Judy, who passed away four years ago. “I’m very excited, I’m still shaking,” said Mammino. “It was a great thrill. “I was a bit worried about the draw as she drew eight but it was a fantastic drive. “He (Bart Cockburn) got to the one-one from barrier eight, he is a good driver.” In the Group 2 QBRED Breeders Classic final for 2yo Colts and Geldings, Maestro Bellini made it two wins on the trot for trainer/driver Chris Petroff. After tonight’s wins, both Bonnie Jujon and Maestro Bellini are eligible to win the $20,500 UBET Picket Fence Bonus if they can win another race en route to the finals of the 2yo Triad Final on July 16. Adam Gardini

Exciting three-year-old Mattgregor is now racing the clock to be ready for the Queensland Derby next month at Albion Park. Connections were again forced to scratch their talented pacer yesterday (Tuesday) owing to an unfortunate setback which occurred on Monday night. The New Zealand bred gelding become cast in his box and ended up with a superficial wound on his hind leg which left connections with no option but to withdraw him from yesterday’s race. “Luckily, he didn’t do any major damage but we weren’t prepared to start him although we need to get some racing under his belt quickly because the Derby classics are just around the corner. All going well, hopefully he’ll be right to go next week.” Trainer Chantal Turpin said. It’s the second time in as many weeks that the speedy pacer has been scratched. Since arriving from New Zealand late last year after being purchased from the stables of respected Canterbury horseman Mark Jones, Mattgregor has won three of his four starts to date. All three victories coming at Albion Park and all in sub 1:54 time. Mattgregor has not raced since winning at Albion Park on December 22 where he paced the mile in a scorching time of 1:53.4. The Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Derby is scheduled for July 16. Connections are also mindful of the UBET Picket Fence bonus of $20,000 if he can win three races in a row including the Queensland Derby. Chris Barsby

Dual Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova will go head-to-head with rising star Ultimate Art in Saturday night's Group 3 Lucky Creed Open Pace (2680m) at Albion Park as both horses kick-off their tilt at the rich UBET Picket Fence Bonus. Seasoned campaigner Avonnova heads into the race following a tight second to Ohoka Punter at Albion Park earlier this month, while six-year-old Ultimate Art already has a growing "Picket Fence" of his own having won eight straight races in recent months. Both horses will be searching for their first official "Picket" towards the $50,000 bonus for open class horses that culminates on Blacks A Fake race night on Saturday, July 16. UBET has installed Ultimate Art as a short-priced $1.35 favourite as he looks to make it nine straight wins on Saturday night while Avonnova is second favourite at $4.50. Trainer Ian Gurney said he was happy with Avonnova's form leading into the race and isn't concerned by his short-priced rival Ultimate Art. "He's good, he's probably 95 per cent at the moment, and by the time the Blacks A Fake night comes 'round he'll be perfect," said Gurney. "He'll go well Saturday night but the best is yet to come." The introduction of the UBET Picket Fence Bonus for this year's Queensland Winter Racing Carnival is an initiative Gurney sees as a big positive for harness racing in Queensland. "It's good, it's the first time I've seen this level of involvement in harness and it's a breath of fresh air," he said. "In three to four years I think Queensland harness racing could be at the top of the tree, trotting people are resilient and they stick together." The concept has attracted a strong field of horses from interstate and New Zealand to take on Queensland's best and Gurney said he was intent on fending off the challenge from the likes of gun Kiwi Christen Me, who arrives in Queensland on Friday. "I'm married to a Kiwi, so I hate giving them my money," Gurney joked. The winner of the Lucky Creed Open Pace will be exempt from the ballot for the UBET Blacks A Fake (G1, $200,000) on July 16. The Group 2 QBred Breeders Classic Finals for two-year-old colts/geldings and fillies (1660m) will also be run at Albion Park this Saturday night, with a consolation race for each of the finals. Trainer Grant Dixon is well represented in the two-year-old fillies final with five entries in Comefeelthemagic, Bonnies A Beauty, Dalacos Empress, Bonnie Jujon and Eleniark. In the two-year-old colts/geldings final, Shannon Price has a two-pronged attacked with Statement Made and Bet Im Special, and is also well represented with Ultimate Art in the Lucky Creed Open Pace. The first night of the Picket Fence Bonus series gets underway from 5.08pm with an 11-race card. Adam Gardini 

Former New Zealand gelding Fcee is headed to Brisbane. With the UBET Winter Carnival starting on July 2 at Albion Park, harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull  has penciled in the Listed $25,000 Gold Coast Derby followed by the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Derby with their emerging talent. Since arriving on Australian soil a few months ago, the Washington VC gelding remains unbeaten from four starts. Earlier today (Monday), Fcee led throughout in the St Johns Park Bowling Club Maltese Drivers Pace at Fairfield when handled by Mick Formosa. Fcee rated 1:59.2 for the 2113m mobile start event. “He was good again today and continues to head in the right direction and the Queensland campaign fits his schedule quite nicely so we’re prepared to give him a crack at some of the better races. We think he’s pretty handy and the trip away will tell us a lot more about him.” Turnbull said. The stable enjoyed a day out at Fairfield today after landing a one/two result in the main event, the Cabra-Vale Diggers J.D Watts Memorial with Oh Jonny Be Good defeating Betabcool in the 2533m standing start feature. Oh Jonny Be Good was handled by Nathan Jack. It was the final start on Australian soil for the Mach Three gelding after being sold to North American clients. Meanwhile, stable star Tact Tate has been sent to the spelling paddock following his victory in Saturday night’s Gr.3 $31,800 Crown Hotel Mount Eden Four-year-old Stakes at TABCORP Park, Menangle. The speedy pacer was being considered for the Brisbane winter carnival but has contracted a cold and will now have a break. Tact Tate has won 8 from 12 to date this season while amassing more than $150,000 in prizemoney. Chris Barsby

Star Canterbury harness racing pacer Christen Me flies out for his Queensland campaign tomorrow morning. The 7yo Christian Cullen gelding will land in Sydney before arriving in Brisbane on Friday, with his main goal being the Group 1 Blacks a Fake. …...................................................... Nathan Purdon has changed his plans with his stable star Ohoka Punter and will now head to Sydney for the Group 1 Len Smith Mile. Purdon will look to go to war against the two David Aiken runners Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay before returning to Queensland to battle Christen Me during the up and coming Queensland carnival. …................................................................................................................................... Tact Tate has picked up a cold and will now be been sent for a spell by trainer Amanda Turnbull following his victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday. The result means the 4yo McArdle gelding will not head to the Queensland Carnival. Turnbull will still have a star at the Carnival however with Fcee, who is unbeaten in 4 starts and will now head to the Group 1 Queensland Derby on July 16 at Albion Park. ….................................................................................................................................... While Canterbury trainers Terry and Glenys Chmiel are set to campaign their handy 3yo filly, Nek Time. The Gotta Go Cullect ran a solid 3rd at Alexandra Park last Friday, and convinced owners Robert and Sharyn Symon of Southland, that she was ready to take on the Queensland features. Leading New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn will fly over to drive the filly in the Gold Coast Oaks (July 2) and Queensland Oaks (July 9). Andrew Fitzgerald

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. Here’s a profile featuring an up and coming three-year-old filly that looks certain to be a player in the Oaks features. Name: Im Wrongly Accused Stable Name: Lindy Age: 3yo filly Owner: Chris and Jeanette O’Connor Trainer: Matthew Craven Driver: Matthew Craven Prizemoney: $32,269 Biggest win: Heat of Victoria Oaks (April – Melton) Target: Gr.1 $75k Queensland Oaks (July 9) Trainer says: “A really nice filly with a good turn of speed, a little opportunistic but very capable given the right conditions. Her victory in the Victoria Oaks heat was excellent and clearly proved she’s amongst the better fillies in this country. The natural hard racing style of Brisbane will really suit her and the Queensland Oaks has been an obvious target since we purchased her from New Zealand earlier this year.” Barsby says: “A definite threat in the Oaks features during the carnival and with a young trainer/driver in a hurry and hungry for feature race success. Since crossing the Tasman her form has been very consistent and with a touch more luck, could’ve easily racked up a few more victories and wasn’t far from the winner in the Victoria Oaks final. Expect this filly to perform at a high standard.”

One of Australasia’s best pacers has committed to harness racing in Brisbane at this month’s Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, with star New Zealander Christen Me targeting the UBET Picket Fence bonus. In a major coup for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, trainer Cran Dalgety has confirmed a trip to Brisbane for the seven-year-old gelding, which will be targeting the $50,000 UBET Picket Fence bonus for Open Class pacers that culminates in the Group 1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake on July 16. In order to collect the bonus, Christen Me must win two eligible lead-up races during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival between June 18 and July 16, as well as the feature Blacks A Fake. Dalgety said the UBET Picket Fence bonus, a joint initiative developed by Racing Queensland and UBET, had swayed connections from their initial plans to target feature races in both Sydney and Brisbane over the Winter. “A feather in Racing Queensland’s cap is the UBET Picket Fence bonus, it definitely has drawn us to that incentive,’’ said Dalgety. “It has definitely swayed us from our original plan.” Christen Me is no stranger to Australian success, having won feature races such as the Miracle Mile, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup and Chariots Of Fire. However, his trip to Brisbane will mark the well-travelled campaigner’s first ever trip to Queensland as he looks to add to his $2 million in prizemoney. “I’ve told him it’s nice and hot so he’ll enjoy that,’’ joked Dalgety. “The bonus with this horse is that he’s had plenty of trips away and been out of his comfort zone so much, that the travel won’t be an issue. “This guy has travelled more than me, so I don’t see that as an issue.” Dalgety is in the process of finalising travel plans to Queensland for the next fortnight, which will determine his target races over the course of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. A likely option is the Group 2 Sunshine Sprint worth $50,000 on July 9, with Dalgety also to determine a suitable lead-up race prior to that. Respected racecaller Chris Barsby has been engaged by Racing Queensland as talent scout for the concept and he is currently in NZ trying to lure other Kiwi pacers for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. Other prominent pacers that have also committed to targeting the UBET Picket Fence bonus include the David Aiken trained Hector Jay Jay and Bling It On for Belinda and Luke McCarthy. Racing Queensland Acting CEO Sam Adams said the recruitment of some of harness racing’s best pacers was an exciting first step for the Picket Fence concept. “This is looking like it’ll be one of the strongest Queensland Winter Racing Carnivals on record,” said Adams. “The Picket Fence bonus has already attracted interstate and overseas interest and that ensures that these great horses are going to stay in Queensland for longer periods over the course of the Winter Carnival as they chase that elusive picket fence.” Racing Queensland Harness Operations Manager Brett Rail said interest in the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival had spiked with the announcement of the Picket Fence Bonus concept and the increase in prizemoney of the Blacks A Fake. “We’ve been fielding phone calls from a number of trainers, looking to plan their pathways for the Picket Fence Bonus,” said Rail. “The fact that Blacks a Fake is worth $200,000 this year has also generated great interest in the race.” The likely list of visiting horses from interstate or overseas that have already indicated they will target the Picket Fence bonus is included below: Horse Name Trainer Age /Class ALL EYES ON US Belinda and Luke McCarthy Open Class BLING IT ON Belinda and Luke McCarthy Open Class CONDAGEN Dennis Picker Open Class HECTOR JAY JAY David Aiken Open Class TACT TATE NZ Amanda & Steve Turnbull 4YO /Open OHOKA PUNTER Nathan Purdon Open CHARLAVAL Kerry Anne  Turner 3YO CHRISTEN ME NZ Cran Dalgety Open SPARE ME DAYS Brad Hewitt Open MY MASTERCRAFTSMAN Adam Sanderson 3YO   ABOUT UBET PICKET FENCE The UBET Picket Fence offers trainers and owners the chance to win a whopping $111,000 in bonuses for any horse that can win three races in a row during the eligible Queensland Winter Racing Carnival races between June 18 and July 16. To be eligible, a horse’s first two ‘Picket Fence’ victories must be obtained while racing in Queensland, leading up to the UBET Picket Fence finale night. The final ‘picket’ must be obtained by winning one of the four UBET Picket Fence finales on Blacks A Fake race night at Albion Park on Saturday, July 16 UBET Picket Fence races will be held for 2YO, 3YO and Open Class pacers at Albion Park Harness Racing Club and Redcliffe Paceway, with the following bonuses offered: ·         $50,000 for the Blacks A Fake Picket Fence winner ·         $20,000 for the Queensland Derby Picket Fence winner ·         $20,500 for the QBRED Triad 2yo C&G Final Picket Fence winner ·         $20,500 for the QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final Picket Fence winner   HOW DOES THE UBET PICKET FENCE WORK? UBET PICKET FENCE races will be held at Albion Park and Redcliffe Harness Racing clubs from 18 June - 16 July 2016 for 2YO, 3YO and Open Class pacers. To be eligible, your first two victories must be obtained while racing in Queensland, in any lead up race to the UBET Picket Fence finale night. The third and final picket, can only be obtaining by winning one of the four UBET PICKET FENCE finales on Blacks A Fake race night at Albion Park 16 July. Adam Gardini Communications Manager, Racing Queensland

Queensland Harness Racing is set to shine on the national stage when the 2016 Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival kicks off tonight at Redcliffe, with the running of the 2016 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Final (1780m). With $80,000 in prize money up for grabs, the Group 2 feature race will be the jewel in the crown on an exciting night of racing. A grand total of $149,000 in prize money is on offer this Friday night and the quality and depth of horses attending has impressed Redcliffe Harness Racing Club president Bernie Ring. "The Yearling Sale Series Final is a strong field. It offers newcomers a great chance to buy into harness racing on a grass roots level and win the great money that’s on offer," said Ring. Local trainer Kylie Rasmussen will be well represented with three runners; Vintage Dream (1), Heart Of Change NZ (2) and Changeoverme (6). Heart of Change is the $2.25 favourite with UBET ahead of Vintage Dream ($3.30) and Changeoverme ($5.50) The Wayne and Shane Graham-trained January (7) is rated as a $5.50 chance while heat winner Lucifers Legend (9) for trainer Edd Bailey is at the longer odds of $21.00. Another noteworthy race on the card this Friday $20,000 2016 Comfort Inn & Suites Redcliffe Derby (2040m) which has attracted one of the strongest collection of three-year-olds in the race’s history with both interstate and locals in the mix. Trainer Grant Dixon will boast three runners including Leos Best (3), Get In The Groove (6), who in her last start won the Group 1 Fillies Triad, and Frankie Rocks (7), who won the Group 1 Colts & Geldings Triad at his last start. From across the border, NSW trainer Kristin Cunningham has two runners in Roarn (2), who was a brilliant winner of the Colts & Geldings Triad Consolation in faster time than the Final, while Boobalaga Road (10) is also in impressive form, winning his last three starts in NSW including win over Roarn at Young and a victory in which the track record at Canberra was broken three starts ago. New Zealand visitor My Mastercraftsman NZ (8) is unbeaten from two starts this season for local trainer Adam Sanderson and is drawn on the second row. After attracting a strong list of nominations for the Derby, Racing Operations Harness Manager Brett Rail said a Derby Consolation had been added to the program in order to give an opportunity for the three-year-olds who just failed to make the cut for the Derby prove themselves for future races throughout the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. "We received a total of 19 nominations for the Redcliffe Derby and with nine quality horses missing a run in the main race a Consolation of the Derby was added to give those nine three-year-olds a chance to prove themselves for other upcoming features including the Gold Coast and Queensland Derbys," said Rail. Visiting NSW trainer Belinda McCarthy has Living Again poised in gate two for the Derby Consolation, against the likes of stablemates Gasmonkey (9), Cherish The Moment (8), Sams A Champ (4) and Oliver Winkle (1). "In my 20 odd years in harness I have never known Redcliffe to have a consolation on the Derby, it’s a great start to the Winter Carnival," Redcliffe Harness Racing President Bernie Ring said. "It will start and finish here in Redcliffe, with the Morton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup tying up the Winter Carnival on July 30." "It’s shaping up to be a good year and we’re travelling along well." A strong support card is assembled, commencing with the Terry Flynn Claiming Pace at 6:47pm. For further information please contact: Communications Manager Adam Gardini on 0438 733 738 or email agardini@racingqueensland.com.au Communications Officer Michelle Anderson on 0408 579 285 or email manderson@racingqueensland.com.au Racing Queensland

Plans were thrown into utter chaos on Tuesday afternoon. Hardly ideal when approaching a harness racing Gr.1 $100,000 feature which is scheduled for later in the week, but somethings can’t be avoided. This is the situation that the Dux family is now facing on Saturday night when talented type Covert Beauty starts in the QBRED Triad 3yo Fillies Final at Albion Park. Because late on Tuesday afternoon, Mark Dux was involved in a nasty fall which left him unconscious after copping the backwash of an incident which he simply couldn’t avoid. Wrong place, wrong time. After being kept in the Royal Brisbane hospital overnight, the news got worse when he learned that his filly has drawn the second-line in Saturday’s feature and a new driver is obviously required. “It wasn’t the best of days on Tuesday; I have no recollection of the fall itself which is probably a good thing because it wasn’t a pleasant experience. We’ve engaged Mathew Neilson to handle the filly, we thought about giving my daughter (Madi) the opportunity because she does a lot of work with this filly but thought it was a bit much given what’s unfolded this week.” Dux said. Despite a tricky second-line draw, the Art Official filly still rates among the leading chances because of her trademark finishing burst which she has displayed on numerous occasions this term. Covert Beauty scored a stylish victory last week at Albion Park when charging down the outside, her preparation has been timed to perfection and Dux is confident her biggest payday is very close. “As we know, the draws are everything in racing nowadays and while it’s disappointing we have to overcome a second-line draw, I know she is clearly one of the best fillies in this field. Her record is very good but with a little more luck in some of these other features she has contested; it could easily be a lot better. “I’m very happy with where she is at going into this final, her win last week was very good and she’s trained on well since. I think we’ll know our fate early, if we get a quick lead time we know we’re in with a shot but if we don’t get it, it’s mathematically impossible. “The Dixon fillies (Get In The Groove & Cherish The Moment) loom as the toughest to beat with their front-line draws plus their form is very solid. It should be a good race and hopefully we get a genuine tempo which will give everyone a chance.” Dux will be sitting on the sidelines for the next fortnight owing to his concussion but he’ll be trackside on Saturday night cheering loudly for his filly. Covert Beauty is raced by her breeder, Stephen Dux, older brother of Mark. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

It would be a major shock if Team Raboki doesn’t win the QBRED Triad mares harness racing features this Saturday night. The astute stable prepare top fancies Bettorthanspecial and Bettor Promise in the Gr.2 $50,000 classic at Albion Park and the classy mares look set to dominate another Brisbane feature. And both mares are drawn to dominate again. Bettorthanspecial will start from the coveted inside gate while Bettor Promise starts from gate three. But the stable don’t want any unexpected shocks and plan to keep it simple. “The draws are ideal and we will keep it very simple tactically, Bettorthanspecial will lead while Bettor Promise will more than likely race without cover. We don’t want to overthink the situation, let’s keep it simple and win the race.” Co-trainer Scott Miller said. The two mares have raced head to head on 20 occasions and have finished one/two on ten occasions while Bettorthanspecial holds a slender lead in the head to head bracket. And Bettorthanspecial holds the advantage again this weekend after landing the better draw of the two. In their final hit-outs last weekend, both mares were surprisingly beaten. “While both got beat we weren’t disappointed because both performed well at a high level after the races didn’t play out the way we expected them to unfold. They have both trained on well this week and look set to run big races again. “Bettorthanspecial did a really good job last week after racing without cover in really fast time; she never gave up and looks the horse to beat because of the draw. I thought Bettor Promise was ok last week after starting from a bad draw, the time in her race was ok too. “There’s nothing really between them, if anything, Bettorthanspecial has higher speed but Bettor Promise is probably a little tougher so it really evens out in the end. We will put both mares out after the weekend and bypass the winter carnival, they’ll have a break and we’ll get them ready for Sydney later this year.” If successful, there will be no time for celebration for the stable with a road trip to Sydney scheduled for Sunday with talented rookie Three Of The Best starting at Menangle next Tuesday. The Breeders Challenge is the target and following his out of sort’s performance last month in the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Melton, the Mach Three gelding has trailed impressively on two occasions at Albion Park. “At this point, he’s taken no harm from that race in Melbourne, both trials have been good and he’s relaxed both times. He hit the sulky wheel in Melbourne and coupled with the fact he’s a Mach Three, it didn’t take much to set him off. “This series has always been on the radar for him and this is the last round of heats so hopefully he can qualify. We really like him as a horse and hopefully he can keep improving.” Meanwhile, current stable star Ultimate Art will venture to the Albion Park trials next Tuesday afternoon. With the winter carnival looming, the Modern Art gelding has won his past 7 starts and connections are keen to build on that with the UBET Picket Fence promotion a key target. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

Harness racing trainer / driver Grant Dixon is counting his lucky stars. The leading horseman heads to Albion Park on Saturday night with a number of chances in the QBRED Triad Finals and their tasks have been made a little easier after landing perfect draws. Classy three-year-olds Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks have both drawn the coveted inside gates in their respective Gr.1 $100,000 features and now looms as the pacers to beat. As an added bonus, stablemates Cherish The Moment and Leos Best have also landed front-line draws. “It was a big relief to get some good draws because these finals are quite even, I don’t believe there is any standout in any division and the barriers were always going to play a major role in the outcomes of these races. We now have to make the most of them, that’s the challenge.” Dixon said. Dixon will partner both Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks and the plan is simple for both pacers. He wants to lead and win. “Getting the good draws really takes all the guesswork out of the race and my plan is to lead and hopefully go all the way with both, sounds easy enough but I’m sure it won’t be good as it sounds because things can change dramatically in these big races. “I think Get In The Groove will be hard to beat, her form has been pretty sound all season long while some bad luck has cost her at times but from this inside draw, she’ll race really well. Her efforts in Sydney were strong before returning home and being wiped out in the Breeders Classic Final last month but her trial recently was good. “Frankie has been a little indifferent at times this season but this is his chance to land a big race victory and the draw is crucial. He’s got gate speed and he likes to lead so he’ll take some beating but horses like Leos Best and Catcha Lefty are very good. His best form is generally at the shorter distance but he’s proven at this distance so I’m hopeful he can take this out. “I’m happy with all of the team going into these finals, Cherish The Moment and Reds Jet Star can both win if luck goes their way while Leos Best continues to race in excellent form this season. Earl Jujon will probably need some luck owing to the draw but his form is good.” The stable is also strongly represented in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad 4yo Finals but face stiff opposition in both divisions. And the draws haven’t been as kind. In the mares final, Dixon will send out Lively Luna, Remember Ruby and Feel The Faith while in the Entires and Geldings final the stable is represented by Duke Jujon. Dixon was forced to scratch Belle Jujon from the mares final. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

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