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Rookie pacer Minted Montana stamped himself as a genuine winter carnival contender following his dominant harness racing debut victory at Albion Park today (Tuesday). The Mr Feelgood – Montana Secrets gelding sat without cover in the Cammibest @ Burwood Stud 2yo Pace before racing clear from Ginger Micky and Give Me A Go in a brilliant time of 1:56.0. Sectionals were covered in 27.5, 29.9, 28.5 and 30.3 seconds. It’s the fastest time of the season to date by a juvenile pacer in Queensland. Minted Montana showcased his talent when successful in his qualifying trial at Redcliffe on May 2 when scoring impressively rating 2:00.8 for the 1780m public trial. Raced by his breeder Dean Shannon, Minted Montana was a buy back from last year’s Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale at a cost of $2500. Montana Secrets, a daughter of super sire Christian Cullen went winless in two career starts at the Gold Coast back in 2012 before being retired to stud. Her first foal is the filly Our Dasher (by Lanercost), an eight start maiden to date. Minted Montana is the second foal from Montana Secrets while the mare has another colt on the ground, also by Lanercost. Montana Secrets is closely related to the likes of My Field Marshal, Foreal, Regal Dash, Askmenow and Delightful Dash among others. Prepared by Donny Smith and handled by Darrel Graham, the big striding gelding will have his next start at Redcliffe in a heat of the Yearling Sale Series next Wednesday (May 23). The Gr.1 $100,450 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Final is scheduled for Friday, June 1. Another likely target is the Gr.1 $100,450 QBRED Triad Final for 2yo Colts and Geldings is programmed for July 21, the final night of the Albion Park carnival. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | 

The management committee of the Nanango Agricultural, Pastoral and Mining Society Inc would like to take this opportunity to welcome our members, patrons, community and all members of the public to our 109th annual show including harness racing, to be held on Saturday April 28, 2018. We are looking forward to bringing you an entertainment-filled day catering for all ages. Our show society is very excited to announce there will be no pavilion entry fees again this year, thanks to the generous sponsorship of IGA Nanango. Whilst we strive to maintain our agricultural heritage, we continually work to ensure the event is relevant for today's show goers. As well as our traditional features, including woodchop, rodeo, livestock events, pavilion displays, fireworks, trade displays, junior judges competitions, live music and entertainment, food stalls, bar and barbecues, Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassador, some of our other attractions for 2018 are mini trots, Luke's Snake Kingdom, Noah's Racing Pigs, harness racing, hot shoeing and farriering, and so much more. As usual, without the dedication and commitment from our volunteers, members and sponsors, the show would not be the success that it is. The society would like to thanks our major sponsors, the Queensland Government Department of Infrastructure and Planning, Heritage Community Branch Nanango, IGA Nanango and South Burnett Regional Council, as well as our other sponsors, for their generous support towards our show. With the amount of work that goes into running a show, one of the most appreciated things is people coming to enjoy it. We look forward to seeing you here on April 28. by Nanango Show Society Committee

Wagering service provider UBET has a number of attractive exotic betting propositions for the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on Saturday night spearheaded by a $50K guaranteed Trifecta inclusive of a $10K jackpot on race 1 scheduled for 5:40pm EST. Additionally, a $5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 6:07pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3, 4 and 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: The opening event of an action packed eight event card gets under way at 5:40pm 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

It was great way to register a milestone. Clarendon harness racing trainer Tess Neaves prepared her 50th winner last Saturday night when Call Me Yours ran down The Muse and Weedons Express in the Pryde’s Easifeed Pace at Albion Park. It was the final metropolitan meeting of the 2017 calendar year. Call Me Yours landed a perfect trail behind race favourite The Muse and proved superior in a driving finish, the winning margin was a head. Neaves engaged Steven Doherty for the drive while regular reinsman Gary Whitaker took the drive on stablemate Riverleigh Jeff who finished fourth. “I’ll take it, its great training winners and extra special on a Saturday night. It was great to have the family with me and we all celebrated together which was great.” Neaves said. The mother of two works her team of ten pacers with the assistance of Nikki Chalk while her husband Scott gets involved on the weekends, after completing his work as a barrister. And their children Charlee and Callan cheered louder than anyone else last night. Neaves has grown up surrounded by horses and enjoys working her team which are all pacers and mostly cast-offs from others stables or secured via the claiming races. Her maiden winner came via the claimers when eleven-year-old gelding Prince Benji proved successful at Redcliffe on November 5, 2014. “I really enjoy working the horses from the claimers, they’re older and the bulk of them are really kind natured. They’ve been around the block and understand routines pretty well and they’re adaptable, Prince Benji was a horse I loved so much. “The other reason I enjoy the older types is because my two young kids enjoy getting outside and they like the horses and their company. Plus, having all the noise of quad bikes, games and whatever else they can get their hands onto doesn’t seem to bother the horses. “The young horses are on the way because we have bred a mare and we have a resultant foal so that will be an interesting chapter in my training but something I’m looking forward to.” The best performer for Neaves during her training career to date has been Riverleigh Jeff, a Cammibest gelding who has won 11 races including three at Albion Park. Neaves purchased Riverleigh Jeff as a four start maiden. Chris Barsby

Young harness racing driver Lachie Manzelmann won’t forget 2017. The 18-year-old has flashed his skills in the sulky which has netted him a number of victories but last Saturday night at Albion Park he achieved another milestone. Manzelmann prepared his maiden metropolitan winner when Sicilian Slumber shot the passing lane to snatch victory from Gangster Boy and Croft Bay to win the Hurrikane Kingcole @ Egmont Park Pace. Sicilian Slumber was handled by Amy Rees with Manzelmann currently serving a driving suspension. Only two weeks earlier, Sicilian Slumber provided Manzelmann with his maiden winner as a trainer when successful at the Albion Park midweek meeting. “It’s a great feeling, I had my doubts with him running a strong 2138m but Amy gave him a really good trip and he came through strongly at the finish. I think he actually goes best when the girls drive him and his form backs that up.” Manzelmann said. During the year, Manzelmann switched from the Chantal Turpin/Pete McMullen stable and linked with Darrel Graham while taking on his trainers licence. He claimed Sicilian Slumber at a price of $7000 from a race at Albion Park on November 28; it’s proving to be a wise investment. Manzelmann had prior knowledge of the eight-year-old gelding during his time with the Turpin/McMullen stable and thought he was the right horse to start his training career. “I was able to drive him in track work plus I had a couple of drives behind him on race day, I knew a fair bit about him and thought he was the horse for me. “His best asset is his gate speed and that should be beneficial going forward, I can probably drop him back in grade with a claim again before looking at putting him back in the claiming grade. “He’s definitely paid for himself, he hasn’t missed a cheque since I got him and he has a bit left in him too, I’m hoping he can pick up a few more yet.” Sicilian Slumber is the star of the two horse Manzelmann team with Magnussen currently spelling. Manzelmann landed 23 winners last season while he has 16 winners to date for the current term and he’s keen to expand on that. “I definitely want to keep building on my totals, I was happy with last season but I’m keen to do better this season. “I’m getting good support from owners and trainers and want to keep repaying the faith their showing in me. And more Saturday night winners would be great too.” Manzelmann returns to race driving on Tuesday week (January 9). Chris Barsby

Time is a great leveller and the last act is to remove us from this life. In so doing, "time'' makes the Duke and his gamekeeper equal, as both are dust. Last Sunday, "time'' took a "game keeper” and elevated him to freedom from pain. Col McDougall was born at Ipswich Hospital on July 1, 1944 and was reared at Churchill in the company of Spellekens' and McCoombes' where trotting was firmly entrenched. His first job was with Brisbane City Council at the Mt Crosby water treatment plant, residing there for a period. Later, Col returned to Churchill and drove a truck on Ipswich City Council for a great part of his working life. He married Faye Spelleken and the couple raised two fine children in Julie and Bradley. When I first encountered Col, he was renting a couple of stables at Noel Spelleken's property at Three Mile and working a couple of pacers each and every afternoon. The horses raced at Ipswich Showground and Rocklea on Saturday afternoon. Col loved his horses, loved his wife and kids, and most of the people that he was associated with. He was the bloke that harness administrators classify as a "hobbyist”. He put in countless hours with average stock, accepting defeat on the racetrack as a part of life, yet never losing heart. He never lost sight of the "bunny of success” chasing hard all the way. Taken in context, his stats are not that shabby. As a trainer, he had 1356 starters for 78 winners, 264 placings and $137,378. In the sulky, Col went around on 705 occasions for 34 wins and $50,000 in the bank. His best season was 1988/ 89, hitting the bullseye eight times. His best horse may have been Slippery Lobell, bred by local owner/breeder/ trainer Bill Crosby. A shocking accident at Rocklea, when a horse reared up at the start and fell across Col crushing him to the track caused severe injury, probably wrecking his harness aspirations. As so often happens, the occurrence seemed to trigger a long chain of health issues, culminating last Sunday. Col was the man you wanted to see coming when you were broken down by the roadside or needed help in other ways. "I'll give you a hand mate” was his watchword, and while he would argue the leg off a table on some matters, his word was very much his bond. While Col may have been one of life's "gamekeepers”, his depth of character made him a Duke. Corruption crackdown THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has welcomed the decision to charge a harness racing code participant with perjury. "The Racing Crime Squad has charged Mathew Neilson with perjury following evidence he gave at a Crime and Corruption Commission hearing,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said. "The Racing Integrity Commission is working hard to restore integrity to harness racing and where we can enlist the help of other law enforcement agencies we will. "I'd like to thank the CCC for its support.'' The Commissioner has previously suspended 35-year-old Neilson's harness driver and training licences after he was charged with match fixing last month. Ten people associated with harness racing in Queensland have now been charged with match fixing and other offences as a result of the work of investigators involved in Operation Oscar Swallowtail, including a 65-year-old Yeronga man who was arrested at the weekend. "It's important to remember that those charged so far only represent a small proportion of the total participants in the sport,'' Commissioner Barnett said. "Law-abiding participants can be assured that confid- ence in the harness racing code will improve once the race fixers are identified, charged, convicted and banished from the sport.” Big Marburg program IT'S the entry to the festive season, and what better way to kick it off than the Marburg trots today. A big nine-race program is on offer with Santa, lollies, and a jumping castle for the kids coupled with a monster raffle, $1350 "pick six” jackpot and $100 gate draw. Marburg is the place to be. Gates open at 10am. Admission is adults $5, members and pensioners $3, with race books $3. Trials start at 10.40am with the first race at 11.40am. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 2-6-10: Max Richter (G Dixon)-Overlap (P McMullen)-Jackaroo Bromac (A Sanderson). R2: Quinella 4-10: Young American (M Grantham) and Stuunder (J Lee). R3: E/w 1: Come Cullect (J Lee). R4: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Im Norma Jean (P Greig)-Psychedelic (J Cremin)-Clintal Do (G Whitaker). R5: Quinella 2-8: Top Trio (M Grantham) and Gas Monkey (C Geary). R6: E/w 2: Lucifers Legend (T McCarthy). R7: Quinella 2-7: Avonnova (M Dux) and Glenferrie Hood (P McMullen). R8: Box trifecta in four 10-13-14-15: Blazing Under Fire (P McMullen)-Iona Grinner (R Morris)-Our Dainty Lady (D Graham)-Our Overanova (G Dixon). R9: E/w 3: Horace Foxley (Trent Dawson). R10: Box trifecta in four 1-4-5-6: Feel The Courage (P McMullen)-Chapter One (T Dixon)-Bettabeperfect (C Turpin)-Smokey Quartz (R Morris). Marburg picks today: R1 - 2-1-5. R2: 1-6-2. R3: 5-1-8. R4: 1-6-4. R5: 4-7-9. R6: 1-6-4. R7: 2-4-5. R8: 8-3-1. R9: 3-2-7. A very predictable leader board coming into Christmas. Most of the prezzies addressed "care of the lower Brisbane Valley”. Top trainer Darrell Graham had a healthy tally of five winners for the week. Narissa McMullen stood out in the sulky, getting home on four occasions. Honour board Albion Park, December 8: Rubys Bad Boy (Lachie Manzelmann for Darell Graham); Constantlysideways (Danielle McMullen for Bill Crosby); Firebby (Danielle McMullen for Christine Monte); Blazing Under Fire (Pete McMullen for Blake Fitzpatrick); Mach Torque (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, December 9: I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Django Mach (Narissa McMullen). Warwick, December 9: My Ultimate Fella (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Machbino (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves). Albion Park, December 12: El Swavo (Clint Sneddon for Karen Bennett); Donny Jones (Taleah McMullen for Ron Wells); Our Mels Dream (Narissa McMulen for Ron Sallis); Horace Foxley (Trent Dawson for Tahn Camillieri ); Bet I'm Special (Danielle McMullen for Shannon Price). Redcliffe, December 13: Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); No Confession (Narissa McMullen for Tayla Gillespie); Stuunder (Narissa McMullen for Shane Sanderson); Punters Delight (Dylan Ferguson for Ron Sallis); Its All Go (Sheree Tomlinson for Matt Elkins); Western Falcon (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen). Redcliffe, December 14: Mighty Montana (Darrell Graham); Mister Hart (Darrell Graham); Heavens Hint (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

Detectives have smashed a hole in the harness racing industry, arresting three major identities over race fixing including arguably Australia’s best driver. Shane Graham, Leonard Cain and Vicki Rasmussen were arrested this morning, with the trio charged with match fixing. Graham, 35, has topped the harness racing industry in Queensland for the past four years, with horses he has driven winning more than $5m in prize money. He was selected in August this year to represent Australia at the world harness driving championships in Canada. Horses trained by Rasmussen earned more than $1.6 million in prizemoney from 2015-17. Graham and Rasmussen are understood to have previously being in a relationship. The arrests involve detectives from the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad, assisted by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards. Detectives allege Race 2 at Albion Park on July 28 was fixed. Graham won the race on horse Dapper (NZ) and Cain came second, with detectives alleging Cain gave up the lead in the race. Dapper had starting odds of $7. Rasmussen was the trainer for Cain’s horse January, which had starting odds of $2.90. Graham and Rasmussen have also been charged with an additional count of match fixing for a race on October 6. Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham QIRC Commissioner Ross Barnett said three of the top six drivers in Queensland had been charged with race fixing offences in the past six months. “While it is match fixing, what it really is in its heart is cheating and stealing,” he said. “These people are stealing prize money from the other participants in races who are honest, hard-working, people who are just seeking a fair go. “These people are also telling their friends who are betting on these races and reaping significant benefits – that is stealing from the bookmakers who accept those bets in good faith. “But most importantly they are stealing hope from the participants in the industry who are honest and are trying to do the right thing.” Mr Barnett said Graham currently led the Queensland driver’s championship and was third in the trainer’s championship. He said the driving and training licences of Graham would be suspended. Cain would also have his driver licence suspended. Rasmussen previously held a trainer’s licence but it lapsed this year. Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said the arrests should be a significant warning to anyone involved in any of the racing codes that they would be caught if involved in match fixing or sharing inside information with betting. “It’s doesn’t matter who you are, you will be charged and put before the court,” he said. Insp Dowie said a fourth person was expected to be charged today, who had allegedly been given inside information and made bets with bookmakers. Mr Barnett said: “We can’t say the activity is rare”. Graham has been charged with two counts of discloses the knowledge to another about a relevant bet relating to the race at Albion Park on October 6. He is also charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park on July 28 and the race at Albion Park on October 6, and one count of encouraging another person to make a relevant bet relating to the race in July. Rasmussen, 39, has been charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to the race in July and the race in October. Cain has been charged with one count of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to the July race. The arrests follow four others charged with unrelated match fixing offences. Top harness racing driver Matthew Neilson has been charged with match fixing. In October, driver Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to fixing two races. Stuart Hunter, a former licensed stablehand, has also been charged with fixing two races. One race was at Albion Park and the other at Globe Derby Park in South Australia. Harness identify Marshall Dobson was charged with running a fake betting account worth millions of dollars. The maximum penalty for match fixing is 10 years in jail. By Thomas Chamberlin, The Courier-Mail Repriunted with permission of The Courier-Mail

Wagering service provider UBET has a number of attractive exotic betting offerings for the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on Saturday night headlined by a $50K guaranteed trifecta inclusive of a $10K jackpot on race 1 scheduled for 5:42pm EST. Additionally, a $5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 6:13pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3 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 via this link here: The night boasts an attractive 10 race card including the Summer Carnival feature race the AQWA Constructions 2017 Christmas Cup, set to get underway at 8.40pm EST. Staged over 2680 metres the AQWA Constructions Christmas Cup brings together a top field of open class pacers headed by two-time Christmas Cup winner Avonnova, as well as Ultimate Art, Our Hi Jinx and Major Cam. In Christmas Cup night tradition Santa will arrive with gifts for the kids after race four. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au Visit the Club website at www.aphrc.com.au  

Top Victorian trainer Brent Lilley has scrapped his Brisbane summer carnival plans. The New Zealand born harness racing horseman has been eyeing off the Queensland riches for some time with a number of his quality performers including open class star Messini. The Art Major entire was beaten behind former Perth pacer John Of Arc in Saturday night’s $20,000 Sokyola Sprint at TABCORP Park, Melton after leading in a time of 1:53.4. Options for Messini during the Brisbane campaign included this week’s Gr.3 $30,540 AQWA Constructions Be Good Johnny Sprint followed by the $20,540 Christmas Cup before ending with the Gr.2 $60,540 Egmont Park Stud Queensland Cup. All three events will be staged at Albion Park over consecutive weeks. “Things just haven’t worked out for us to make the trip north; there are a number of things that have prevented us from making the trip. It’s disappointing because we’ve been looking at this trip away for a little while now.” Lilley said. The other attraction that made strong appeal for Lilley and his expected northern sojourn was the Gr.2 $40, 630 Egmont Park Stud Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship, the biggest trotting event staged in the Sunshine State. The series starts this Friday while the final is scheduled for December 16. The stand start feature is assessed for T5 trotters or better. Lilley is revered for his deeds with trotters and his stable currently boasts the likes of champion performer Keystone Del, Maori Time and many others. The Racing Queensland summer carnival is officially underway and concludes on December 16. Chris Barsby

On the subject of the election, no one taking a fair and balanced view of the two horse racing codes in Queensland could say they are comfortable with their future prospects. This includes the bulk of participants, be they punters, owners, trainers or harness racing drivers. Both major parties are trying to buy votes in the country areas with promised injections of funds around the $70 million over four years. Intending voters, and that should be all of us, should think hard about what is on offer. Election promises are easily made, and just as easily broken. What we should be hearing is a commitment to splitting the three codes, if only to ensure that each code's achievements or shortcomings are easily identifiable, and a return to stricter government control. We do not want racing ministers claiming that they have appointed people to run racing and that dissidents should take their complaints back to those people. More Marburg fun HOT on the heels of a successful Summerfest/ Harriott Memorial meeting last Sunday, the merry folk of Marburg have another serve of harness for you today. Seven races are scheduled today and those attending have the chance of taking home the "pick the card” jackpot where $3 can win you $1300. It includes the gate prize of a $100 free bet with bookie Stephen Anthony, plus the "funny money” deal where you bet with no money then use your bogus dollars in the auction after the last race. Marburg race days offer the best burgers, cheap beverages, a great raffle and all for the admission price of $5 adults; members and pensioners $3; with kids under 16 free. Gates open at 10.30am with trials commencing at 11am. Race one starts at noon. Worrying incident THE following press release is about as sad as it gets. Where is racing in Queensland headed when QRIC stewards of whatever code cannot go about their duty without risking assault. There are many in the horse codes who resent the high cost of QRIC, incurred in its bid to provide a clean product in all facets of racing from paddock to track. They will be even more upset when we have to provide police protection to stewards when they enter a licencee's premises. The statement on November 14 read: "Two Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards are recovering after they were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection at Toowoomba this morning. "The stewards, from the Commission's Integrity Regulation Unit, were conducting an inspection at a Toowoomba property when they were approached by an industry participant. "It is alleged the man, who is known to the stewards, sprayed an unknown liquid into the eyes of both of them. "It's further alleged that he then stole the keys from a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission vehicle and drove off in his own vehicle. "Both stewards were transported by Queensland Ambulance for medical treatment. "Detectives from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad are investigating the incident with the assistance of Toowoomba police. "A 73-year-old Pittsworth man is wanted for questioning”. Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the stewards were acting within their lawful responsibilities when they were subjected to an unprovoked attack. "It's very fortunate that neither of the officers has suffered any long-term damage as a result of what occurred yesterday but having engine degreaser sprayed directly into their face and eyes was a very concerning incident,” Commissioner Barnett said. "I should stress that this is very unusual within the racing industry and most participants treat stewards with respect. "We of course will not condone any assault on any of our staff and when anything like this happens we will ensure that the people responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.'' Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Polished Rocks (L. Weidemann)-Our Hi Jinx (K. Gath)-Lancelot Bromac (Amanda Turnbull). R2: Box trifecta 2-3-9: The Charging Moa (Narissa McMullen)-Wynberg Terror (Kelli Dawson)-Zaras Delight (Kate Gath). R3: Box trifecta 1-4-12: Master Montana (C Turpin)-Jakes A Joy (L Weidemann)-Jango Fett (A Turnbull). R4: Quinella 5-10: Constantly Sideways (B Graham) and I'm Johnny Jet (L Weidemann). R5: Quinella 1-8: Anychance (D Hill) and Gas Monkey (K Manning). R6: E/w 5: The Next Star (K Gath). R7: E/w 7: Overlap (C Turpin). R8: Box 1-5-8-10: Ivanov (K Gath)-Lysenko (L Weide- mann)-Spud (C Turpin)- Melpark Royal Son (D. Hill). R9: Quinella 1-6: Win Or Die ( K Dawson) and Only In Rome (A Turnbull). Marburg picks today: R1 - 6-2-3-4. R2: 3-6-7-2. R3: 3-2-1-4. R4: 1-2-3-4. R5: 1-3-7-5. R6: 4-7-3-2. R7: 1-5-4-7. Honour board NOTHING remarkable on the leader board this week. Darrell Graham was top trainer with five winners. He shared driving honours with Pete McMullen and Nathan Dawson at three apiece. Albion Park, November 10: Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson); Horace Foxley (Narissa McMullen for Tahn Cammilieri); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey). Albion Park, November 11: Moonlight Eyre (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Darrell Graham); Charms On A Roll (Pete for Chantal Turpin). Marburg, November 12: Grizzly Montana (Darrell Graham); Shadow Pass (Darrell Graham); Inciter (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Bubbaloobah (Dan Russell); Soldier Of Fortune (Lachie Manzelmann for Karen Schulz); Daenerys Stormborn (Adam Sanderson); Proficient (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Riverleigh Jeff (Gary Whitaker for Tess Neaves); Playnserious (Gary Litzow). Albion Park, November 14: Spud (Chris Petroff for Jay Edmunds); The Caringbah Kid (Trent Dawson); Trevs No Angel (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Redcliffe, November 15: Black Belt (Madi Dux for Ron Sallis); Flashing Good Time (Danielle McMullen for John McMullen); Rubys Bad Boy (Lachie Manzelmann for Darrell Graham); One Last Roll (Taleah McMullen for Narissa McMullen); Somepartysomewhere (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin). Redcliffe, November 16: Beef City Blaze (Nathan Dawson for Peter Greig); Heavens Hint (Nathan Dawson for Stewie Dickson); Tarin Kowt (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis); The Next Star (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times  

Warwick's once-a-year harness racing meeting at Allman Park has been bolstered by huge news. Garrard's Horse and Hound, a renowned supplier of gear in the industry, have once again come aboard for the Warwick Pacing Cup program on December 9. As well as holding naming rights of the feature meeting, Garrard's will provide a sponsor's fee for the Pacing Cup winner to Changeover, a champion New Zealand standardbred now residing in Queensland. Changeover had a distinguished career across the ditch, including winning the 2008 New Zealand Cup, six group ones and over $2.4 million in prizemoney. Darling Downs Harness Racing Club president Anthony Collins says the news is big for the signature race. "Having the service to Changeover is a big coup for the club,” Collins said. "He's relatively new to Queensland in his first season, and is from the same sire as Courage Under Fire. "He is now standing at Burwood Stud at Pittsworth for $2200, and is a real champion of the sport. "Chris Garrard is a fantastic supporter of grassroots racing right across Australia,” he said. "To have a big name associated with our Cup is huge.” The six-race card promises no shortage of thrilling on-course action, headlined by the $5450 Pacing Cup, and the marathon 2950-metre trotters handicap. "The distance race of the program promises to be a real spectacle,” Collins said. "Horses will start in the back straight before passing the post and completing a full circuit. "It's the first running of the race, and we've already recieved a bit of interest from trotting trainers, so we're hopeful of achieving a capacity field.” The Garrard's Warwick Pacing Cup will be held on Saturday 9 December at Allman Park. Gates for the six-race program open at 11am, with kids entertainment, bookmakers, UBET facilities, food and drink all available. Admission is $15, with pavillion bookings available by calling Kristen on 0414 899 854. by Sean Teuma Reprinted with permission of The Warwick Daily News

Leos Best is back on the track. The recently crowned harness racing Queensland Horse of the Year stepped out in public today (Tuesday), his first appearance since finishing unplaced in the Gr.2 $50,540 Sunshine Sprint behind speed machine Hectorjayjay back on July 8 at Albion Park. But don’t let the result put you off. The Grant and Trista Dixon prepared five-year-old finished at the rear of a four horse field, beaten some 18m from the winner. Emerging star Mattgregor won the trial comfortably, with residual fitness on his side and enjoying a perfect pocket trip, the imposing pacer strode clear for an easy victory in 1:54.9. After sitting last throughout, Leos Best just followed his rivals around. And that’s all Team Dixon were hoping for from the workout. “It’s a trial and it was a good opportunity just to take him away from home and allow him to stretch his legs. We know he’s not ready for anything special right now so there’s no point busting him chasing a horse like Mattgregor who is up and about.” Grant Dixon explained. Connections will definitely trial the Cammibest gelding again before looking for a suitable start point for his latest campaign. The upcoming Brisbane summer carnival during the month of December is the immediate focus before looking at other targets. During the month of December, the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will stage several features including the Gr.3 $30,540 Be Good Johnny Sprint on December followed by the $20,540 Christmas Cup (December 9) and the Gr.2 $60,540 Queensland Cup (December 16). The events will be staged over the distances of 1660m, 2680m and 2138m. In other stable news, exciting pacer Colt Thirty One is back in work. Following an outstanding rookie season which netted 7 wins from 11 starts, the Mach Three colt finished a highly commendable third in his most recent start back on August 27. Colt Thirty One finished third behind King Of Swing and Poster Boy in the Gr.1 $285,000 Breeders Crown Final at TABCORP Park, Melton. Connections are considering an interstate Derby campaign plus a raft of local features this season. Both Leos Best and Colt Thirty One are raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour. Chris Barsby

A harness racing trainer with 35 years experience has been forced to relocate to Queensland because he is unable to use Taree Showground to work his horses. Greg Minns and his partner, Marie Smith, bought a property in Coopernook for the purpose of training their horses, particularly the promising Decapria, which has two wins, two seconds and a third from nine starts at Bathurst, Penrith and Menangle. Marie said if was their intention to use the Taree Showground and they contacted the Taree Show Society to gain permission. They were prepared to pay a fee. Taree Showground is listed with Harness Racing NSW on its public liability and Mr Minns carries public liability with his Harness Racing NSW licence. However, Marie said despite meetings with show society officials, along with much correspondence, they have been frustrated in their attempts. This has led to the move to Queensland. “When we purchased the property at Coopernook we didn’t think there would be any problem accessing the track in Taree,’’ Marie said. “Every other showground in Australia that has a track allows access within 24 hours of providing a harness licence.’’ Marie claims the society hasn’t given her any concrete reason why they can’t use the track. However, Taree Show Society president Milton Johnston said the matter isn’t finalised. He claimed the society was only offered $50 a week in remuneration, which he said was unsatisfactory. He said there would be costs involved in maintaining the track and there were other expenses involved with the use of facilities at the showground. Marie has contacted Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny on the matter. Mr Dumesny in turn contacted show society committee members Milton Johnston and Allan Richards, confirming the necessary insurances were in place. “Hopefully your committee will agree to this request however should you wish to discuss this proposition with me, please contact me at your earliest convenience,’’ Mr Dumesny concluded in his correspondence. This was dated August 28. Mr Dumesny then contacted Mr Johnston and Mr Richards on September 13 seeking a response. “We cannot keep waiting for an answer so we request an answer by the close of business Friday, September 15, 2017,’’ he wrote. Nothing was forthcoming. Mr Johnston admitted the association didn’t reply to Mr Dumesny, but said organisation of the Taree Show took priority. He added the association is prepared to discuss the matter further, but added a $50 levy is not acceptable. Mick McDonald Reprinted with permission of The Manning River Times

Multiple Group winner Leos Best was crowned the UBET 2017 Queensland Harness Racing Horse of the Year in Brisbane on Sunday night, with three-time winner Avonnova dethroned for the first time since 2014.   The win capped off a memorable night for Leos Best’s trainer-driver Grant Dixon, who went home with six individual awards including a sixth-straight Queensland Trainer of the Year title, and the Harness Racing Australia Trainer of the Year Award. It was also a memorable night for owners Kevin and Kay Seymour, who took home multiple awards. Mr Seymour said he got a thrill out of taking Leos Best south to win a Group 2 at Menangle in February.  "He won well there agaisnt the very top horses down south," he said.  "I think that's what leads (trainer) Grant (Dixon) to thinking he can go down and take on the major feature events as a five-year-old."   Leos Best finished ahead of stablemate Colt Thirty One, Bettorthanspecial and Avonnova to claim the coveted title, after earlier claiming the Queensland Aged Pacer of the Year Award.   The 2016/17 season was one to savour for the connections of Leos Best, which started 20 times for 13 wins and three minor placings, including three wins in Group company.   Melpark Royal Son was crowned Queensland Trotter of the Year, in a season which included eight of the horse’s nine career wins, with the highlight being the $40,000 Group 2 DJ Alexander Championship Final at Albion Park in December.   Bettorthanspecial was crowned Queensland Filly or Mare of the Year, with Colt Thirty One (2YO Pacer), Clintal Do (3YO Pacer) and Bronski Gorgeous (Broodmare) among other equine winners on the night.   Australian World Drivers Championship representative Shane Graham was recognised as Queensland Driver of the Year for a third-straight year, after guiding home 185 winners en route to winning the Queensland Drivers’ Premiership.  "I was one told the first premiership is the easiest and every one after that is hard," Graham said. "Once you win that first one you have to keep bettering yourself." Nathan Dawson was crowned Queensland Concession Driver of the Year, and received an award for winning the Redcliffe Drivers’ Premiership.   The Owner of the Year title went to Shannon Price (Raboki Pty Ltd), while Kevin and Kay Seymour’s Solid Earth Pty Ltd was recognised as Queensland Breeder of the Year. ‘Freak of the Creek’ Destreos was inducted into the Hall of Fame, alongside trainer/driver Graeme Bowyer, breeder Mark Lichtwark and associate Gary Keep.   Each of the three harness clubs also presented awards to the leading participants and horses at their respective tracks in 2016/17. All winners on the night are listed below. 2017 UBET Queensland Harness Horse of the Year Leos Best   Seelite Windows and Doors Trotter of the Year Melpark Royal Son   Trainer of the Year Grant Dixon   Driver of the Year Shane Graham   The Courier-Mail Filly/Mare of the Year Bettorthanspecial   International Animal Health Products Aged Pacer of the Year Leos Best   3YO Pacer of the Year Clintal Do   Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Pacer of the Year Colt Thirty One   QRIC Broodmare of the Year Bronski Gorgeous QRIC Breeder of the Year Solid Earth Pty Ltd (Kevin and Kay Seymour)   James Boag’s Premium Owner of the Year Raboki Pty Ltd (Shannon Price)   Radio TAB Concession Driver of the Year Nathan Dawson   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Associate Inductee Gary Keep   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Breeder Mark Lichtwark   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Horse Destreos   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Trainer/Driver Graeme Bowyer Harness Racing Australia Trainer of the Year Grant Dixon   Lin and Laurie Feehly Redcliffe Pegasus Award Chris Garrard   Kevin and Kay Seymour Queensland Young Achiever Awards Leonard Cain and Narissa McMullen   BOTRA and Yatala Harness Racing Club Rising Stars Lachie Manzelmann and Taleah McMullen   BOTRA and Yatala Harness Racing Club Centurion Medal (Drivers) Shane Graham, Grant Dixon, Mathew Neilson, Pete McMullen, Nathan Dawson, Gary Whitaker and Narissa McMullen   BOTRA and Yatala Harness Racing Club Centurion Medal (Trainers) Grant Dixon, Vicki Rasmussen, Chantal Turpin, Jack Butler, Darrel Graham.   Marburg Harness Racing Club Awards – sponsored by Garrard’s  Horse of the Year: Domestic Art Drivers’ Premiership: Gary Whitaker Trainer of the Year: Tess Neaves   Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Awards – sponsored by Garrard’s  Horse of the Year: Royal Taz Drivers’ Premiership: Nathan Dawson Trainers’ Premiership: Grant Dixon Concession Driver of the Year: Nathan Dawson Mare of the Year: Flashing Good Time (NZ) and Rockstar Rikki (NZ)   Albion Park Harness Racing Club Awards – Sponsored by Garrard’s Horse of the Year: Joys A Babe Drivers Premiership: Shane Graham Trainers Premiership: Grant Dixon Owner of the Year: Solid Earth Pty Ltd (Kevin and Kay Seymour) Mare of the Year: Joys A Babe Racing Queensland

Having given last season's most successful harness racing drivers an airing two weeks ago, it is fitting that we should tell how local trainers fared at the elite level. Not surprisingly, the four trainers who finished in the state's top 10 are not spread throughout the greater Ipswich footprint. Rather, they are clumped together at the epicentre of "Ipswich Trot", the lower Brisbane Valley. Third placed was Chantal Turpin (Patrick Estate) with stats of 935 starters for 125 winners, 93 seconds, 96 thirds and 93 fourths. In the bank, an impressive $771,892. Fifth overall was Darrell Graham (Fernvale) with 782 runners for 106-96-97-83. Bank: $602,558. Sixth was John McMullen (Glamorganvale). He was sent round 922 times for 68 wins, 89 seconds, 79 thirds and 101 fourths. Bank: $313,247. Eighth was Ron Sallis (Wanora). He presented on 474 occasions, resulting in stats of 52-50-63-57. Bank: $257,400. The total prize earnings for the four stables was a hefty $1,945,097. That's a very impressive performance by all concerned, rendered even more so by my vivid memories of a time when Ipswich regulars thought that a winner at Rocklea was about as good as it was likely to get. Clear explanation needed QUESTION of the week. When is a mile rate not a mile rate? Answer: When it is published as an extrapolation of a gross time recorded over a distance less than a mile. Such times find their way into sales catalogues via the listing of broodmare's progeny. This published statement of performance could perhaps be viewed in law as at best misleading. Harness Racing Australia should attach a clear note of explanation to form lines, or ban the use of the term mile rate, in regards to such performances. Beers to enjoy THE "Octoberfest" theme of the Harriott Memorial trot meeting at Marburg on Sunday, October 22, gained more traction this week with the news that yet another "boutique" brewery has come on board for the big day. Newstead Brewing, based at Newstead and Milton, joins Brews Brothers of Woollongabba and Four Brothers Brewery from Toowoomba. For those who like a cold refreshing beer on a warm/hot spring day, this is a golden opportunity to widen your taste experience. Beers, ales, lagers and varied grain brews are the order of the day. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: E/w 8: Watch Pulp Fiction (C. Turpin). R2: Quinella 1-8: Timmo Time (M. Neilson) and Franco Totem (A. Richardson). R3: Quinella 1-8: Hereiam (S. Graham ) and Lancelot Bromac (H. Barnes). R4: Quinella 1-4: Written In Red (H. Barnes) and Philanderer (M. Neilson). R5: Box trifecta 1-3-8: Make a Statement (T. Dixon)-Pompidou (I Ross)-Macgoogan (M. Neilson). R6: E/w 4: Nolonga Your Choice (T. Lambourn). R7: Quinella 2-4: Ashleys Angel (G. Whitaker) and Onyajans (M. Neilson). R8: Box trifecta 1-7-10: Reds Jet Star (G. Dixon)- Midnight Prowler (M Neilson)-Annika Magic (M. Elkins). R9: Box trifecta 6-7-8: Monorail (R. Jenkins)- Releven Dream (S Graham)- Our Overannova (G. Dixon). Honour board A fresh face on the driver's side of the leader board this week as Brittany Graham shared honours with Pete McMullen on four wins apiece. Darrell Graham stood out as top trainer, also on four wins. Most pleasing was I'm Angus Mattgregor for Mitchell Dawson and Fui Fui for Peter Jones. There is no joy in being "cannon fodder" for the big guys. Albion Park, September 22: With Authority (Pete McMullen for John McMullen); My Ultimate Fella Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Master Montana (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Shareapassion (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, September 23: Threo (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); The Shady One (Trevor Lambourn); Alta Surreal (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini); Secret Smile (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Releven Dream (Pete McMullen for Shane Graham). Albion Park, September 26: Gangster Boy (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Good Time Stride (Rob Gorman); American Highlights (Trent Dawson). Redcliffe, September 27: Win Or Die (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon); Fui Fui (Gary Whitaker for Peter Jones); Circle Line (Anthony Gorman for Ron Wells); Oscars Glory (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Arbit Major (Gary Whitaker for Brad Connelly); Matt Belford (Rob Gorman for Murray Thomas). Redcliffe, September 28: I'm Angus Mattgregor (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson); Rocky Carrington (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); I'm Johnny Jet (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

Clear the runway, the Cain plane is taking off. Harness racing driver Leonard Cain, 18, is keen to keep building on his stellar rookie season and has set himself key targets for the new season. Last night (Saturday) at Albion Park, Cain landed his first metropolitan winner of the new season (2017/18) when successful aboard Wicked Time in the Gotta Go Cullect @ Egmont Park Stud Mares Pace in a time of 1:55.9 defeating Katniss by a half head margin. “At first I thought I had been nipped right on the line but wasn’t completely sure so I was relieved when the number was semaphored. It’s a great feeling winning on a Saturday night, she looked well-placed and felt awesome the whole way and she tried all the way to the finish and had her ears pinned back because she wanted to win.” Cain said. Punters were also relieved; Wicked Time was the $2.10 favourite. The victory was his second on the Saturday night circuit following his maiden triumph behind Border Cross last month (August 19). And the dedicated fresh-faced horseman is keen to keep racking up the winners, at all tracks including the Saturday night venue. In his opening season (2016/17), Cain landed 55 winners from 535 drives and therefore created a new record by a Queensland driver for most wins in a maiden term. That’s more than the likes of Grant Dixon, Luke & Todd McCarthy, Shane Graham, Natalie Rasmussen plus Pete & Narissa McMullen among many others. The previous record belonged to Brittany Graham at 40. Cain displayed natural poise and skill during that opening term which resulted in success at all three harness venues in the Sunshine State - Albion Park, Redcliffe and Marburg. The son of Errol and Debra Cain, a graduate of the mini-trotting ranks, took on a role with the leading stable of Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham around eighteen months ago and remains their today. And he’s grasped the opportunities, both on and off the track. “Both Shane and Vicki have been tremendous, apart from family support; they’ve been the best thing for my career and gave me the best kick-start possible with a host of opportunities, advice and support. “Naturally, I was absolutely thrilled with my results during my first season. I had a dream run to reach 50 winners let alone exceed that, it wasn’t even in my thoughts when I was first granted my licence. “Shane has been a massive influence and is endlessly working to make me better, the amount of advice and experience he has given me over the last year has been fantastic and something I don’t take for granted.” With 3 winners on the board for the current term, Cain is mindful he is well short of the record figure he set himself last season but is determined to improve on that figure again. But he won’t make any bold predictions on what he’s hoping to achieve. “To reach the same figure as last season would be huge but obviously I would like to expand on that number. The main focus will be to showcase improvement. “I’ll be checking in with Shane as always while I like to watch and take in the techniques and tactics from guys like Chris Alford, Luke and Todd McCarthy plus Chris Geary among others.” So, here’s hoping for another productive season. Chris Barsby

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