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Interstate trips for Caesars Folly have been few and far between. In fact, the talented Queensland harness racing pacer has only chased rich purses south of the border on two previous occasions, both trips made to Melbourne chasing the Australasian Breeders Crown. While he performed well on each trip, he didn’t win the major prize. But the husband and wife combination of Scott Miller and Shannon Price are looking to right that wrong this weekend. Caesars Folly makes his Sydney debut on Saturday night in the Gr.3 $31,800 SEW Eurodrive Open Class at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “He’s battled some injuries and setbacks since his last interstate trip but he deserving of this trip because his current form is first class and this race fits his schedule perfectly. We’re hoping to win this race and then return home to tackle both the Lord Mayors and Christmas Cups at Albion Park next month.” Co-trainer Miller said. The Christian Cullen – Lillian gelding has returned in excellent form this campaign including a narrow defeat in the Grand Circuit opener at Albion Park last month when runner-up to Our Hi Jinx in the Queensland Pacing Championship. Last week, he flashed late when second behind Mach Alert in a time of 1:52.9 while the final 800m was covered in 54.8 seconds. “We’re thrilled with the way he’s returned this campaign; he badly needed the run first-up in the Gold Coast Cup behind Bling It On in track record time while he past two efforts have been really encouraging. We think he’s back to his very best form, he’s a very talented horse and he’s capable of racing against the best opposition. “We think the style of racing at Menangle will suit his racing pattern and you would expect a bit of pressure early in this race looking at the field. The draw looks fair on paper but hopefully we can land a good spot and be close to the action before unleashing his sprint at the finish, he’s handled the road trip really well and settled in nicely at Blake’s (Fitzpatrick) property. “The open class features back home next month will be his next assignment, the Lord Mayors and Christmas Cups but this race came up at the right time so we’re giving it a shot. Having a driver like James Rattray engaged is good because he knows the local form as well as anybody and we think his style will suit Tiny (Caesars Folly).” The $25,000 Lord Mayors Cup is scheduled for December 12 while the $25,000 Christmas is the following week, both are Listed features. The hit/run missions to Sydney have proven fruitful for the Logan Reserve couple in recent times including victories with the likes of American Legend and Chevals Clivesdale quickly coming to mind. by Chris Barsby

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that a blood sample taken from RIVERLEIGH WILLIAM at Redcliffe on 22 October 2015 prior to it competing in Race 6, returned an elevated total plasma carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration of 36.9 mmol/L. Evidence was today taken from licensed trainer Mr Darren Hooper who explained his feeding and husbandry practices leading up to the race in question.  Evidence was also provided by Dr Karen Caldwell, Acting Manager, Veterinary Services at the RSC. After considering all the available evidence Stewards issued Mr Hooper with a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193 (3) which reads: "A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.” Stewards were mindful of Rule 193 (6) which states: “For the purposes of this rule medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances.” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Darren Hooper, as the licensed trainer of RIVERLEIGH WILLIAM when it raced at Redcliffe on 22 October 2015, did administer or allow or cause to be administered medication, namely an alkalinising agent, to that horse on race day. Stewards placed significant weight on the expert evidence provided by Dr Caldwell whose opinion is based on peer reviewed scientific research and statistical analysis.  This evidence supported the notion that the only credible explanation for the elevated level of TCO2 detected in the blood sample taken from RIVERLEIGH WILLIAM was by way of administration of an alkalinising agent on race day.   Stewards also took into consideration the analysis of a resting blood sample taken from RIVERLEIGH WILLIAM, and the fact that other race day blood samples taken from RIVERLEIGH WILLIAM when in the care of Mr Hooper returned TCO2 levels within the average range. Mr Hooper pleaded guilty to the charge as issued. When assessing an appropriate penalty Stewards accepted that the measurement of 36.9 mmol/L did not give rise to a positive sample when taking into account the 1 mmol/L allowance for the measurement of uncertainty, however a positive result is not required when Stewards consider whether a person is in breach of AHR Rule 193 (3). Mr Hooper’s previous record under this rule, his personal circumstances and penalty precedents for a breach of this rule were also taken into account. Stewards were of the opinion that any penalty imposed must serve as both a specific deterrent and a general deterrent to reflect the seriousness of the charge and to illustrate to the industry that a breach of this nature will not be tolerated. Mr Hooper was fined $5000. Acting under AHR Rule 193 (5) RIVERLEIGH WILLIAM was disqualified from its 2nd placing from Race 6 at Redcliffe on 22 October and all other placegetters were amended accordingly. Mr Hooper was advised of his rights of appeal. Panel: D Farquharson, A Reardon, P Zimmermann

One of Queensland's best ever race mares, Forever Gold is about to begin her new life in the breeding barn. After recently announcing Forever Gold’s retirement, owners Murray Cole and Beau Watson have paired Forever Gold with leading first season sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Standing at Pepper Tree Farm in NSW, Rock N Roll Heaven has produced multiple Group winners from his first Australian crop and finished second to Bettors Delight in the 2014-15 Australian 2yo Sires premiership. Rock N Roll Heaven is also currently going head to head with Bettors Delight for the converted 3yo Sires premiership in the USA. Forever Gold was a champion on the racetrack and had 42 race victories and earned in excess of $700,000 in stakes. She was retired late last month to reside at Egmont Park Stud on Queensland's Darling Downs. Her last race start was in the Group 1 Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park, a race which was preparing her for the Grand Circuit Group 1 Queensland Pacing Championship and possibly the New Zealand Cup. She finished sixth in the Gold Coast Cup won by Bling It On in record time. On retirement her owners revealed that Forever Gold had soreness in her nearside fetlock joint, an injury that she has battled with over the past couple of seasons Racing Queensland

He’s earned almost a half a million dollars on the track and has been a top three finisher at 70% of his race starts - Five Card Draw is a quality racehorse and is set to be the headliner at the Melbourne Cup Day harness racing meeting at Gympie on Tuesday. Fernvale trainer Darrel Graham will take a truckload of horses to Gympie Racecourse and the stable’s 2015 Redcliffe Gold Cup runner-up Five Card Draw will head up the Gympie team. A multiple Group 1 winner in New Zealand and Group 3 winner in Queensland with a career best mile rate of 1.54.1, Five Card Draw resumes from a let-up at Albion Park on Saturday night in a Q2-Q3 Pace and then will back up three days later to have his first try on the thoroughbred sand racetrack at Gympie. In all Graham will have 11 horses racing on Cup day, he’ll start seven at Gympie and four at Redcliffe with the Peninsula starters in the care of his daughter Brittany.It will be the first drive on the Gympie sand track for Darrel Graham who is known for his have sulky will travel philosophy. “I love driving at these places and supporting the country meetings,” Graham said. “I’ve driven in every harness racing state in Australia, except South Australia and just about every track in every other state." “I always supported Queensland’s country tracks at Rocky, Townsville and Mackay, when they were open and I’m happy to be spending Cup day driving at Gympie and taking my good horses there." “Five Card Draw just had a little issue last time in and has come back good, we will also start another good horse on the team, Mafuta  Vautin at this meeting.” Mafuta Vautin raced by Graham’s wife Linda is a classy racehorse and was a Group 2 winner in the QBred 4yo Triad Final and a Listed Race winner in the QBred Breeders Classic 4yo Final last season. The Rollon Bigred five-year-old pacer has an impeccable record winning 12 of his 18 race starts. Mafuta Vautin hasn’t raced since June. All four races at Gympie are over the 1950 metre course from a mobile start. Graham’s 11 Cup day starters are: Gympie -  Race 1: Millar Montana (4); Lord Baltimore (5) | Race 2: Red Luck (6) | Race 3: Rubys Bad Boy (4); Mafuta Vautin (5) | Race 4: Five Card Draw (4); Rummiking (5) Redcliffe - Race 2: Sista To Mafuta (6) | Race 3: Another Broiadway (5) | Race 4: Lord Jones (1) | Race 5 Montana Falcon (6) David Aldred

The 2015/16 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit harness racing season is officially underway. And it’s started with a bang. The Gr.1 $200,000 Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship staged at Albion Park in Brisbane was taken out by New Zealand bred gelding Our Hi Jinx ($9.50) who defeated Caesars Folly ($51.10) and Avonnova ($13.90) in the sunshine state’s biggest event. Prepared locally by Ian Gurney, Our Hi Jinx was handled by Victorian reinsman Greg Sugars who replaced the suspended Adam Sanderson and drove a brilliant tactical race to claim the 2680 feature in track record time of 1;55.0 – eclipsing the previous mark of 1;55.9 held by Mr Feelgood from 2010. Race favourite Philadelphia Man ($1.40) finished 9th after being forced to work hard from his wide draw. Driven aggressively off the gate from the start, Sugars controlled the early going with Our Hi Jinx with Caesars Folly in the trail while Alleluia and Monifieth jostled early for handy positions. As the field worked past the mile marker, Our Hi Jinx took cover behind his stablemate Avonnova while Bling It On and Shannonsablast also made forward moves. The lead time was posted in 77.5 seconds. With Avonnova leading the way, Philadelphia Man made his move but was forced to cover plenty of extra ground in very quick sectionals. The first half of the final mile was covered in 28.9 and 28 seconds. Heading down the back straight on the final occasion, Avonnova maintained a solid tempo with Philadelphia Man working on his outside while Our Hi Jinx sat directly behind them. The third quarter was posted in 28.6 seconds. In the straight, Avonnova kicked clear from Philadelphia Man while Our Hi Jinx and Caesars Folly darted back to the sprintlane. Our Hi Jinx lasted by a half neck margin from Caesars Folly with a further 5 metres back to Avonnova in third. The final quarter was timed in 28.6 seconds. “We couldn’t have wished for a better trip and he travelled comfortably throughout, the solid speed suited him and he zipped quickly once we got the run via the inside. Ian (Gurney) was really happy with him going into the event and that gave me good confidence, he’s a neat little horse with really good speed.” Winning driver Greg Sugars said. The 2015 Queensland spring carnival has proven to be quite the windfall for Our Hi Jinx with victories in the Be Good Johnny Sprint and now the QPC. The Christian Cullen – Treasured Possession gelding was also placed in the Gold Coast Cup last week. Our Hi Jinx is raced by Gurney, Paul Montgomery and the Fleur De Lil Trust. The next leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit is the $750,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 10. by Chris Barsby

The Gr.1 $200,000 Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park this weekend kick starts another season of harness racing Grand Circuit racing for Australian Pacing Gold. And what a season it promises to be! With some minor tweaking made to the scheduling, the 2015/16 Grand Circuit season will be exciting, exhilarating and exceptional – harness racing at its best. The Australian Pacers Grand Circuit began in 1977 and was designed to be the showpiece of the Australian Harness Racing Industry with horses competing from every State within Australia.  In 1992 New Zealand was admitted and the Circuit was renamed the Australasian Grand Circuit.   The best horses available are brought together to race for very attractive prizemoney.  With the associated opportunities for promotion and marketing, this benefits both owners and harness racing clubs as well as the industry overall.  In its first season in 1977, total stakemoney for the eight races forming the Circuit was $554,020.  The Trotters Grand Circuit commenced in 1999.  In 2012, the Grand Circuit was revamped with the Trotters competing in a standalone branded series, Trotting Masters. Today total stakemoney has risen to a projected $4.6 million for the Pacers Grand Circuit Season and $880,000 for the Trotting Masters in 2015/2016. Points are awarded during the Circuit, 100 points for a win, 60 points for second, 40 points for third, and so on, to last placing. The horse with the greatest number of points is crowned Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit Champion and Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters Champion. The pacing series will consist of eight races while the trotting series will feature five events. Last season, New Zealand trained stars Christen Me and Stent claimed respective honours and were duly crowned the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion. The Kiwi record at Grand Circuit level is simple astonishing. And speaking of astonishing records, Team McCarthy has a vice-like grip on the sunshine state feature, winning 8 of the past 10 editions. The event was not held in 2007 owing to the equine influenza outbreak. Only the incomparable Blacks A Fake and his back to back victories (2008/09) have thwarted the McCarthy domination. Luke has claimed the race on 7 occasions while his wife Belinda has prepared the past two winners. John, Luke’s father, has also tasted success in the state’s biggest event. And this year, the Sydney based stables have representation through Bling It On (Luke & Belinda) and Monifieth (John). The youngest of the McCarthy clan, Todd, is also hoping to add his name to the honour roll as a winning driver when he partners Shannonsablast for trainer Darren Elder who starts from gate six. Bling It On looms as a serious winning threat following his track record breaking performance last week in the Gold Coast Cup when downed star Victorian pacer Philadelphia Man. The American Ideal entire rated 1;52.4 for the 2138m distance last week and the added distance this week holds no fears for the speedy pacer. Again, Bling It On must overcome a second-line draw after landing gate ten. Master reinsman Gavin Lang, winless in the Queensland feature will partner the Emma Stewart trained Philadelphia Man again and starts from gate seven, the outside of the front-line. Monifieth, a progressive pacer having his first start at the track will start from gate five. The local contingent is spearheaded by the Ian Gurney trio of Mach Alert (Gate 2), Our Hi Jinx (3) and dual Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova (12) while Grant Dixon also has a trio of contenders in the shape of Alleluia (4), Majestic Major (8) and Millwood Liberty (11). Caesars Folly (1) and Compton Street (9) are both likely to start at massive odds for their respective connections. The 2680m track record is held by Mr Feelgood at 1;55.9 when successful in this event back in 2010. It will be a fascinating contest with so many questions raised and many wanting answers before the race is even run but one thing is guaranteed, another great name will be etched into the history books. The QPC is race 7 and will be run at 8.44pm local time. by Chris Barsby

The biggest race on the Queensland harness racing calendar takes place this weekend. As always, the Grand Circuit season starts in Brisbane at Albion Park with the running of the Gr.1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship. And as the starter calls the field to the gate, there will be a notable omission. Forever Gold won’t be there. The best mare in the sunshine state, and arguably the country, has succumbed to injury and has been retired by her connections. “Once informed of the news, it was an easy decision to make because she has nothing more to prove." "Her deeds on the racetrack speak for themselves and she’s been racing at the top level since her career began back in 2010." "The mare we dubbed Tammy gave us the best thrills, winning a Gr.1 Queensland Oaks plus winning an Inter Dominion heat while racing all over the southern hemisphere and never taking a backward step, what more could you ask for as an owner, what a ride it’s been.” Co-owner and breeder Murray Cole said today (Monday). Following her latest effort in last week’s Gold Coast Cup when sixth behind Bling It On in track record time, the tough as teak mare was feeling her nearside fetlock joint. An injury that she has battled with over the past couple of seasons. But never once was an excuse offered in defeat, always treating her rivals with the utmost respect and always expecting a tight tussle every time she graced a racetrack. The victories, all 42 of them, were celebrated in a quiet and unassuming way. “Tammy is the type of horse that everyone is hoping will enter their stables, we got lucky when she entered our care and the journey has been overwhelming." "We raced against the very best of opposition and on the very best of tracks in this part of the world; it was a privilege and an honour to train this wonderful mare.” trainer Darren Weeks said. “Like any racehorse, they end up with niggling issues along the way but she always seemed ready to grit her teeth and perform at her very best every time she started." "She took us to an Inter Dominion Grand Final plus we ventured to Auckland to race against the likes of Carabella and Bettor Cover Lover, that’s a dream come true.” Weeks added. Forever Gold retires with 42 victories from 92 starts while amassing more than $700,000 in stakes. Some of her biggest victories include the Queensland Oaks, Inter Dominion heat, Governors Cup, Robin Dundee Stakes, Make Mine Cullen, 4/5yo Championship, Qld Ladyship Stakes (x 4) and the 2yo & 3yo QBRED Breeders Classic and Triads Finals. Feature race placings include Nursery Pace Final, Gold Coast Oaks, Ladyship Mile, Teeny Teeny, Ranji Bill, Angelique Club Cup, Northern Breeders Stakes, Queen of Hearts, Redcliffe Gold Cup, Lord Mayors Cup, Christmas Cup, Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake. During her career, Forever Gold was handled by Kylie Rasmussen, Darren Weeks, Shane Graham, Natalie Rasmussen and Mathew Neilson. Albion Park Club Chairman David Fowler was glowing in his praise of the brilliant mare. “Queensland has a proud history in the modern era of producing some of the very best mares including the likes of Fleur De Lil, Sparkling Melody and Five Star Comfort to name a few but Forever Gold ranks at the very least, right at the top because of her longevity." "Her ability to compete with the best, both sexes, is credit to her connections.” Fowler said. Forever Gold, now an eight-year-old, will head to Egmont Park Stud on the Darling Downs to begin the next chapter of her career – a broodmare. No decision has been made on which stallion will cover the ‘glamour gal’ of Queensland. Chris Barsby

The drive was inch perfect…..brilliant! The Gr.1 $100,000 Hurrikane Kingcole Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park was taken out by former brilliant juvenile Bling It On ($26.50) and defeated star Victorian Philadelphia Man ($2.10 fav) and Our Hi Jinx ($12.50) in the 2138m harness racing feature. Winning reinsman Luke McCarthy drove a masterful race after obtaining the back of Philadelphia Man soon after the start and remained in that position before unleashing the trademark sprint of Bling It On at the top of the home straight. Bling It On smashed the track record and set a new mark of 1;52.4, the previous mark was held by Avonnova at 1;54. With a frantic early speed being set by Sydney visitor Modern Ruler, the lead time was recorded in 34.7 seconds, the fastest ever section for a 2138m mobile start. The last mile was covered in 29.5, 29.6, 28.1 and 27.4 seconds. With many questioning Bling It On in recent times, the American Ideal – Alldatglittersisgold entire responded in the best possible manner with a decisive victory against high powered opposition. “We’ve been happy with the way he’s performed so far this campaign and we got lucky tonight and grabbed the right position, once we got the back of Gavin (Lang – Philadelphia Man) I thought we’d give it a real shake and he finished really well.” McCarthy said. With over 50 Gr.1 victories during his career to date and multiple drivers’ premiership titles at Albion Park, the victory of Bling It On provided McCarthy with his maiden Gold Coast Cup success. Bling It On has now won 10 from 14 at Albion Park including three victories at Gr.1 level. The Belinda McCarthy trainee will start next week in the opening leg of the 2015/16 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, the $200,000 Gr.1 Queensland Pacing Championship which will be staged over the staying distance of 2680m. The McCarthy stable have dominated the QPC in the past decade winning it 8 times, Luke has driven 7 of the last 10 winners while his wife Belinda has trained the past two winners. Only champion pacer Blacks A Fake and his back to back triumphs (2008/09) have thwarted the McCarthy stranglehold. In the Gr.1 $50,000 Statewide Group Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship Final at 2647m, the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and Pete McMullen driven My Valerie ($10) finished best to beat the heavily backed Cyclone Lucky Seven ($1.90 fav) and Ivanov ($71.30). Beginning quickly from a 10m handicap, McMullen drove a canny race aboard My Valerie and made sure the Majestic Son – Xena Hest mare was within striking distance of the favourite. The victory provided both My Valerie and McMullen with their first Gr.1 success. My Valerie recorded a time of 2;01.8. As an added bonus, My Valerie gains automatic entry into the Gr.1 $300,000 Great Southern Star series at TABCORP Park, Melton on March 12. Racing Queensland

Some might call it luck but many would say it was good management. Talented young harness racing horseman Alex Alchin, 22, prepares exciting prospect Cyclone Lucky Seven, the clear favourite for Queensland’s biggest trotting event, the Gr.1 $50,000 Statewide Group Darrell Alexander Memorial Championship Final at Albion Park on Saturday night. Since purchasing the trotter earlier this year from New Zealand in partnership with his 83 year-old Grandfather, Russell Harpley, he has quickly developed him into a serious talent. Cyclone Lucky Seven has won 4 of his 8 starts to date on Australian soil including both heats of this series. “He’s a nice trotter with good ability, I had some niggling issues to deal with early on but I think we’re starting to sort them all out now and his current form is really impressive. He’s done more than what I expected at this stage of his preparation and I think he’s still got a lot of upside, the future looks bright for him.” Alchin said. As the stable foreman for the powerful Sydney stable of Luke and Belinda McCarthy, Alchin has been fortunate to work with some exceptional equine talent including his personal favourite, Bling It On, a freakish juvenile talent that has amassed close to a million dollars in stakes. While working with an endless amount of talent on a daily basis has its perks, Alchin wanted something for himself. And he found it. “I wanted a new challenge, something to get me going for my own future and the time was right to get something moving and finding a suitable horse that could give me a head start financially was the challenge I was chasing. Apart from a set budget, I had no boundaries to work within and I looked at a heap of prospects via the phone or talking to people. “A trotter wasn’t really on the radar, my pop had never raced a trotter but once I looked at this horse, I knew he was the one for me. I don’t know what it was when I studied his tapes but I just had that feeling he was the horse I was looking for and Luke gave him the tick of approval too. “In many ways, this horse came via pure luck but I’m planning on making the most that luck and winning this weekend would be a great start. The prizemoney is great plus other spin offs include a free pass into the Great Southern Star in Melbourne next year, that would be a dream come true.” Cyclone Lucky Seven has scored two impressive victories in the past fortnight, leading on both occasions while throwing down impressive sectionals. In the opening heat, he took care of the state’s best trotter Our Overanova while last week he easily defeated smart Sydney mare My Valerie. UBET have installed Cyclone Lucy Seven as the punters elect at $2.10. “I’m thrilled with the way he’s handled this series to date, the travel up didn’t prove any problem for him while his performances have been very sharp. His ability to rattle off strong sectionals at the end of his races while remaining smooth is the most pleasing part for me as a trainer. “We still need luck to win the final but he’s proven that he’s the horse to beat with his victories to date, I knew before the series that the handicap was a big advantage compared to a horse like Our Overanova so hopefully the luck continues. “Our Overanova spent time with Luke and Belinda last season so I was able to work with him quite closely, he’s a good trotter who will prove very hard to beat while there’s a few others that are capable given the right luck.” Win, lose or draw, Alchin plans on returning to Sydney where he will freshen-up his stable star before mapping his next campaign. For Alchin, it’s all about building for a better future. by Chris Barsby Related links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 17 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 17 October 2015

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that a swab sample taken from TRIKALA following its winning performance at Albion Park on 23 June 2015 was found upon analysis to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic above the prescribed threshold. Evidence was taken from Ms Vicki Rasmussen, the trainer of TRIKALA, who explained her feeding and husbandry regime associated with this horse. Evidence was also provided by Dr Peter Hill on behalf of Miss Rasmussen. Dr Karen Caldwell, Senior Veterinary Officer (RSC) explained the effects of Arsenic on the horses’ bodily system and Mark Jarrett, Manager Analytical Services (RSC) explained the methodology in the testing of the sample. After considering the evidence tendered, Stewards issued a charge against Ms Rasmussen pursuant to Rule 190(1) which reads: “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Ms Rasmussen presented TRIKALA to race at Albion Park on 23 June 2015 when a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding was found upon analysis to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic above the prescribed threshold. Ms Rasmussen pleaded not guilty to the charge. After further consideration, Stewards were satisfied that the charge could be sustained as issued and found Ms Rasmussen guilty. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance concerned, the particular circumstances of this case, the fact that this was Ms Rasmussen’s second offence under this Rule within a 7 month period, other personal subjective matters and the need for a penalty to serve as both a specific and general deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racing. Stewards determined the appropriate penalty be the disqualification of Ms Rasmussen’s licence for a period of 6 months. Under the provisions of Rule 195 TRIKALA was disqualified as the winner of Race 6 at Albion Park on 23 June, 2015 and all other placegetters were amended accordingly. Ms Rasmussen was advised of her rights of appeal. Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Boyle

The locals drew first blood in the 2015 Queensland spring harness racing carnival at Albion Park. Our Hi Jinx, prepared by Chambers Flat horseman Ian Gurney, sprinted brilliantly via the passing lane to claim victory in the Gr.2 $50,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint defeating stablemate Mach Alert and Majestic Major in a time of 1;52.6 for the 1660m event. The time was 0.1 of a second outside of the race record which is held by millionaire pacer Washakie who set the mark when successful in 2011. Driven by Adam Sanderson, Our Hi Jinx ($3.50) sat perfectly behind race favourite Majestic Major ($2.10) before sprinting clear over the concluding stages to win comfortably from Mach Alert ($54.70) who charged through late to snatch second from the weakening Majestic Major. “It panned out perfectly, that’s the run I thought he would get and he just thrived on that solid speed and sprinted really well once clear. He’s still on the up this horse and I think he’ll continue to do a good job.” Gurney said. Reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova, also prepared by Gurney, finished at the rear of the field. Majestic Major found the lead comfortably and posted the opening quarter in 27.6 seconds while New South Wales raiders Shannonsablast and Bling It On raced handy on the outside. The half was reached in 57 seconds after a second quarter split of 29.4 seconds. Heading down the back straight, Majestic Major continued to dictate terms in front while Our Hi Jinx sat poised behind him while moves from back in the field didn’t come and the third quarter was a controlled 28.7 seconds. In the straight, Majestic Major was challenged by Shannonsablast and Bling It On while Our Hi Jinx gathered top speed on the inside. Our Hi Jinx scored comfortably at the finish by 3.75m with a half head separating second and third. “After the draw, he was clearly my top chance and he delivered. I was thrilled with the way Mach found the line and he’s only going to improve while Nova had little or no chance from his draw,” “I expect all three to race extremely well again next week in the Gold Coast Cup and then the QPC. I’m very happy with all of them.” Our Hi Jinx, a six-year-old Christian Cullen – Treasured Possession gelding is raced by Gurney, Paul Montgomery and the Fleur De Lil Trust. Next week, the Gr.1 $100,000 Hurrikane Kingcole Gold Coast Cup over 2138m will be the feature while the Grand Circuit opener, the Gr.1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship will be staged on October 24. Racing Queensland

Chambers Flat harness racing trainer Ian Gurney heads into the Gr.2 $50,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint at Albion Park this Saturday night boasting a full hand. A triple threat of talent headed by reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova, emerging type Our Hi Jinx and the rejuvenated Mach Alert. While the talent is obvious, it’s not all beer and skittles this weekend. The barrier draw gods have been largely unkind for Gurney with stable star Avonnova drawing the outside of the second-line in the 1660m feature while Mach Alert has also been slammed with a second-line draw. On the plus side, Our Hi Jinx has drawn perfectly after landing the inside gate. “Following the draw, I now have one serious winning chance with Our Hi Jinx clearly looming as my top prospect with both Nova and Mach needing miracles. That’s the cold hard reality of it all, it’s not negativity, it’s just fact and most will realise its mathematically impossible to win from those second-line draws in a capacity sized field.” Gurney stated. The Gurney trio all boast outstanding recent form with Our Hi Jinx and Mach Alert both last start winners while Avonnova was a runner-up behind Our Hi Jinx at his most recent start. The local spring carnival features play a massive role in the preparation for the upcoming Perth Inter Dominion starting late next month at Gloucester Park with Gurney still yet to confirm how many of his runners head west. “The local features are my first port of call and I’m keen to win all three races, I believe I have the right talent but obviously I need some luck on my side. I know Nova and Mach are heading over but I’m not certain with Jinx at this stage, the next three weeks are vital for him but I think he’s up to the challenge. “I know many seemed disappointed with Nova last start but I don’t think Jinx got the credit he deserved, he’s battled niggling issues for some time but I’m confident he’s over them now and the victory confirmed that for me. I’m expecting him to trail Majestic Major and he’ll get every opportunity via the lane. “We all know that barrier draws are crucial and both Nova and Mach will need a heap of luck from their draws, if they’re running 51.5 or 52 speed on the front end, what chance do they have coming wide and possibly dodging tiring runners? Both are in top shape but the math doesn’t lie, hopefully in the Gold Coast Cup and the QPC they will have better luck with the draws.” The Grant Dixon prepared Majestic Major is looking for back to back victories in the Be Good Johnny Sprint following his all the way success last year in 1;54.1. Next week, the Gr.1 $100,000 Hurrikane Kingcole Gold Coast Cup will be staged over 2138m followed by the Gr.1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship over the 2680m. The Queensland Pacing Championship is the opening leg of the 2015/16 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 10 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 10 October 2015

The belief and faith in star harness racing pacer Bling It On runs deep. Just ask his co-owner and breeder Harvey Kaplan. But that belief and faith will be severely tested in the coming weeks as the American Ideal entire tackles the Queensland spring carnival at Albion Park. His deeds as a juvenile were simply sublime, constantly moving at the speed of light as he regularly took down his opponents which featured a galaxy of stars. Over the past twelve months, Bling It On has taken some brutal body blows which in turn, has left many wondering if he will take that next step. Bling It On was a beaten favourite at TABCORP Park, Menangle on September 26 when 7th behind Devil Dodger following an indifferent Brisbane winter carnival campaign in July. The now five-year-old is looking to make his mark at the elite level where there is no room for weakness and only the tough survive this hard road. “He’s still one of the most exciting pacers racing in this part of the world and his overall record clearly proves that, this Brisbane campaign won’t be easy but it looks an ideal springboard into bigger events later this season. The Miracle Mile on his home track and the Victoria Cup are the two main events for this him.” Kaplan said. Bling It On starts this Saturday night in the Gr.2 $50,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint at Albion Park but faces a massive challenge after landing gate six in the 1660m feature. UBET bookies have priced him at juicy odds of $6.50 following the draw. “I’ll be honest, I was initially disappointed following his run the other week because he had a good run in transit and trialed exceptionally well in lead-up to that race but upon closer inspection of times, the run was actually very good. “Yes, some horses were able to pass him in the straight but they took inside runs where Yank (Bling It On) came wide at the turn. His own sectionals and time were pleasing and he pulled up great following the hit-out. If you’re not on the pegs at Menangle when they’re running time, its mission impossible. “Originally, we were only heading up for the Gold Coast Cup and Queensland Pacing Championship but after a re-think, we’ve decided to tackle all three events. The draw is very unkind but he’s good enough to win, we just need no bad luck going our way.” Bling it On boasts an outstanding record at Albion Park with 9 victories from 12 starts including four features. UBET bookies have installed the locally trained Majestic Major as the favourite for Saturday’s feature after landing gate two. Majestic Major is looking for back to back victories in the Be Good Johnny Sprint after he led throughout last year in 1;54.1. by Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 10 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 10 October 2015

Plans to take Tasmanian-owned pacer Modern Ruler to Queensland for two major races remain unchanged despite the gelding’s shock loss at the harness racing meeting at Menangle last Saturday night. Modern Ruler was attempting to win his fourth Group 3 event in succession on Saturday night but in a small field he was unable to achieve the feat and had to settle for third behind Iam Mr Brightside and Shannonsablast in the Zilco Free For All over 2300 metres. Modern Ruler is trained in NSW by Tasmanian James Rattray and raced on lease by Tasmanians Steve and Marnie Davis who will head to Sydney next week to collect the horse and some travelling companions for the trip to Queensland “We are having Modern Ruler’s bloods done as a precautionary measure but both James and I are confident the race was not run to suit and that is what brought about his downfall on Saturday night, “ Davis said. “We have made plans to take the whole family, kids and all, to Queensland for two weeks so we will fly out next Tuesday and go to James’ stables and float the horse and a couple of stablemates to Queensland.” “We plan to do it in stages so it won’t be too taxing on the horses,” he said. Modern Ruler was sent to Rattray earlier this year after he won a race at Melton in Victoria and after a trial at Goulburn the seven-year-old lined up at Menangle and won by 20 metres which convinced Rattray he had a future. Modern Ruler has won six times from nine starts fo4r Rattray and leading up to last Saturday night’s minor placing he had won four in succession of which three carried Group 3 status. The gelded son of Modern Art will be aimed at the Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park on October 17 and then on to the Group 1 Queensland Pacing Championship a week later. Peter Staples

Queensland’s favourite mare, 8yo Forever Gold could be in for her best ever year with trainer Darren Weeks priming her for a Group 1 Queensland double and possibly New Zealand’s biggest Group 1 pace, when she resumes harness racing on Saturday night at Albion Park. With Mathew Neilson at the reins for the first time, Forever Gold will race from barrier five in the classy six horse Open Pace field over 2138 metres. According to Weeks the race is a very winnable first-up target and importantly it will ready his star mare for this month’s big assignments, the Group 1 $100,000 Gold Coast Cup (2138m) on 17 October and the Group 1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship (2680m) on 24 October, both at Albion Park and all going to plan a start in the Group 1 $750,000 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Addington in five weeks. “She is at the top of her game right now,” Weeks said. “If she converts that into results in the Group 1's at home, she’s nominated for the New Zealand Cup and we'll give her a shot. “The Cup is ideal, a FFA from a standing start over two miles -- the further they go the better she’ll get.” Forever Gold is one of 10 Australians among the 40 nominations for the New Zealand Cup. Weeks said Saturday night’s small field, 2138 metre Open is the ideal race to start Forever Gold back. “They usually don’t go as quick as they do over the mile, she should be in her element,” Weeks said. To have three Group 1 races over the next five weeks on Forever Gold’s spring hit list is not something that was on the radar for Forever Gold a few month’s ago. “Truly, I expected last season to be her last as a racehorse,” Weeks said. “But the way she went for us during the Carnival she earned herself another chance and I’m glad she has, because she has come back really terrific, she feels as good as where she left off and she could be in for a great few weeks ahead.“ Neilson said he is very happy to be teaming up with Forever Gold and now, as the stable driver for the Weeks/ Kylie Rasmussen team, it’s confirmed that he will continue to drive the mare in her future races. “I’ve been driving a lot for Darren, as you would know and it will be great to get behind this mare for the first time on Saturday night,” Neilson said.  “I’ve watched her career from the start and she is such a great mare.” A contender for this year’s Queensland Horse of the Year Award, Forever Gold has been outstanding in six seasons of racing, crediting $100,000 to her bank account in five of those years. Her statistical record is outstanding with 89 starts for 42 wins, a strike rate of 47%, add in her 26 minor placings and the Famous Forever mare’s strike is 76.5%. Last season Forever Gold was at her brilliant best posting a career best mile of 1.51.7 in November, victory in the Queensland Heat of the Inter Dominion in February, notching an impressive win in the Group 3 Ladyship Stakes for the second consecutive year in July and finishing runner up to Philadelphia Man in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake on the final night of the Winter Carnival. A first or second placing for Forever Gold this week will result in another career milestone being achieved. She is only $1,294 shy of $700,000 in career earnings. by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 03 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 03 October 2015

Veterinary treatment for a virus has ruled Releven Dream out of the Group 1 Statewide Group Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship which commences at Albion Park on Friday night. Releven Dream was one of the more fancied candidates for the three-race Championship which commences with the first of two rounds of heats this week and culminates with the $50,000 Final at Albion Park on Saturday night 17 October. Burpengary trainer Daren Garrard said that Releven Dream had a high temperature this morning and has begun treatment. His scratching takes him out of the Championship as trotters must contest both this week and next week’s heats to be eligible for the final. “This was the race we had him set for and his last win was so good, he was going to be a big show in the series ,”Garrard said. “He will probably be right in a week but right now he is not so it’s a lost opportunity for us.” Releven Dream burst into contention for the Darrell Alexander Memorial with blockbusting 32 metre and 21 metre victories at its most recent Albion Park starts. Releven Dream posted a new track record for 2647 metres from a standing start when he powered away to an easy win at Albion Park last week. The Dream Vacation gelding’s scratching  will make the task of Queensland’s star trotter Our Overanova, chasing its first Group 1 victory, a little easier. The Grant Dixon trained Our Overanova has won its last four straight at Albion Park since resuming after a southern campaign which resulted in two wins at Melton. With 25 victories from 46 starts Our Overanova has earned his back mark of 40 metres for the 2647 metre Championship heat. Former New Zealander Saratoga has been racing well in Victoria in recent months and will make its Queensland debut for trainer/driver Adam Sanderson in this heat. Saratoga will start from the front mark.  New South Wales trainer Alex Alchin has another former New Zealander Cyclone Lucky Seven to go from the front mark. Alchin has engaged local star Shane Graham to drive the Majestic Son five-year-old which has posted victories at Bendigo (Vic)  and Menangle (NSW) in recent months. Blake Fitzpatrick has also made the trip from New South Wales with 5yo Majestic Son mare My Valerie, a former 2 & 3yo star which posted two victories at Menangle in August. My Valerie will start off a 10 metre handicap. In the second heat of the Darrell Alexander Championship, trainer Vicki Rasmussen and driver Adam Sanderson team up with back marker and likely race favourite, Goldstar Invasion. The Armbro Invasion 10yo has been handicapped on 30 metres for the Championship. A winner at Albion Park in September, Goldstar Invasion has been beaten by Our Overanova at its past two starts. In this race Goldstar Invasion will have to contend with Overanova’s stablemate Sharons Millicent. The grey mare has posted an impressive record since joining Dixon’s stable. The Monkey Bones mare has won 13 races and beat Goldstar Invasion home when runner up to Our Overanova at Albion Park two starts back. Sharons Millicent is handicapped on 10 metres. by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 02 October 2015 Form guide for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 02 October 2015

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