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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

The 'Freak Of The Creek' Destreos has done it again. The veteran 12yo pacer trained by Ken Rattray and driven by Kelli Dawson made it win number 82 from 379 starts with a hard fought half neck win in the 1660 metre Pace at the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on Tuesday. Equalling his career best mile time of 1.51.9 set last month at Albion Park, Destreos matched motors with noted local speedster Lebron (Gary Whittaker) out of the gate to the top of the straight. He then withstood a late burst from the fast finisher My Jellignite (Haydon Barnes) to post another terrific win. Destreos did all the hard yards racing outside Lebron as the duo slipped through the first half mile in 56.1 seconds. On the final bend Dawson called on her old mate Destreos for a supreme effort and the Astreos gelding leveled up alongside the race favourite and gave him the eye. When the duo straightened for the final run to the judge Destreos ($4.00) was in front and dug deep to hold My Jellignite with Lucky Voodoo (Adam Sanderson) edging the $2.00 popular elect Lebron out of the official placings. The last half mile was covered in 56 seconds. Destreos has won almost $670,000 and is and Albion Park phenomenon with 62 race victories on the Brisbane track, affectionately known as The Creek. He has also won a further 20 times on other tracks in Queensland and New Zealand. In addition to his win tally Destreos has also finished in second or third placings a further 116 times. David Aldred

Rejuvenated seven-year-old Releven Dream put himself squarely into contention for Queensland's Group 1 DJ Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship with a record breaking victory in today’s 2647 metre Trot handicap at the harness racing meeting at Albion Park. The Daren Garrard trained gelding kept its Albion Park record perfect with a stunning and faultless display to cruise home by 21 metres. From a 10 metre handicap Releven Dream stepped into second spot but driver Matt Neilson wasted little time in taking the short-priced favourite to the front. He trotted faultlessly going through the second quarter of the last mile in 28.7 with Neilson holding him back to the field until he reached the half mile pole. Then he let Releven Dream slide and he put a space of more than 30 metres between him and his nearest rival. Releven Dream went to the post under his own steam and cruised home by 21 metres from Morning Fawlty in a mile rate of 2.00.8 taking .1 second off a six year old track record held by Tony Turpin’s Hi Jinks. The victory puts Releven Dream into the $50,000 DJA (2647m) and his inclusion will added plenty of interest to the race. Under the standing start handicap conditions without any further wins he will start from scratch with the first round of heats scheduled at Albion Park on 2 October. The second round will take place a week later with the Final on 17 October at Albion Park. Releven Dream, a well-travelled former New Zealander, has now raced twice at Albion Park winning both times and took its career tally to five wins from 32 starts. Each of Releven Dream’s victories have been from a standing start on tracks in NZ and Brisbane making him an ideal DJA candidate. The son of Dream Vacation was imported to Australia in late 2013 and spent 2014 in New South Wales before making its Queensland debut this month after an 18 month absence from the racetrack with a 32 metre success. In the DJA heats Releven Dream will be put to the sword with Queensland's current in form trotters Our Overanova, Goldstar Invasion, Sharons Millicent and former Victoria's Redwood Classic winner Daenerys Targaryen and promising trotter Drunken Maniac certain to be among the nominations. Dave Aldred

Major Command, a pacer that had good grass track form during a brief stint of racing in New Zealand, reveled on his return to the turf at Allman Park to score a hard fought harness racing victory in the Garrard’s 2015 Warwick Cup (1950m) on Sunday. The 8yo son of Art Major from the Western Hanover mare Petousa is trained and raced by the Scott family from the Darling Downs Scenic Rim region and has had an interesting career. Originally trained by Gavin Lang in Victoria, the gelding raced for trainer/driver Mark Burley in New Zealand during 2014 before returning to race in New South Wales with that stable. Marg Scott purchased the horse last year and had instant success winning  in October at Albion Park. During its 10 starts in NZ, Major Command showed a liking for grass tracks and posted a victory at Thames and connections decided to chase the Warwick Cup. Trained by Marg’s daughter Rachel Scott, Major Command was driven in the Cup by Rob Gorman and he staged a great duel with grass track supremo Darrel Graham driving Major Sam to fight out the finish. Despite racing wide early Major Command ($25.40) showed true grit to stave off Major Sam ($4.70) and win by 1.3 metres with $2.70 race favourite Remember Them, which led for most of the race, beaten 7.1 metres in third place. Local favourite Magnussen, driven by Warwick trainer Dayl March finished fourth. Gorman said Major Command just kept giving and seemed to love the grass surface. “When he was challenged, he just kept going,” Gorman said. “This horse had a good record on grass in NZ and adapted well here. “We’d like to see more races on the grass tracks, not only for this horse but as you can see by the attendance and the response from trainers here today it’s going well.” Gorman completed a Cup day double winning the final race, the Tradie’s Cup on Cee Uin L A. Other winners on the program included Triumphant March (Isobell Ross) winning the Warwick Industrial Estate Cup. Local Dayl March trained a double taking out the Automotive Retailers & Associated Cup with The Hairy Huntsman and the Palace Hotel Thirsty Camel Cup with March With Ors. Clint Sneddon drove Its Three By Two to win the Coy Family Cup Trot and Darrel Graham won the Jeff Hannaford Chartered Accountant Cup driving Major Montana. Julie Weidemann was successful in the Cup curtain raiser, the JJ Bunch Memorial Lyons Street Cup driving Pepperall. A tremendous crowd attended the Father’s Day Charity race meeting which featured seven pacing races and a trot handicap. Darling Downs Harness Racing president and secretary, Anthony Collins said he was impressed with the high percentage of families and children at the track. “It’s been a great result and pleasing to see that our hard work has paid off,” Collins said. “I’m so proud of my team and we look forward to continue to make this this day the best grass track race meeting on the Queensland calendar.” Major sponsor Chris “CJ” Garrard (Garrards Horse & Hound) also pledged his ongoing support for the event. He asked all patrons to stand and applaud the organisers for the outstanding Cup day. “We intend to be back next year and hopefully we can make the Cup even more attractive with better prizemoney,” Garrard said. by David Aldred

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

Imagine being middle aged, still competing at the elite level of your sport and still winning with career best performances. Perhaps it’s a pipe dream for most of us and definitely unheard of for most racehorses, but not for veteran Queensland harness racing standardbred, Destreos. Ken Rattray’s super pacer Destreos today led all the way at Albion Park to record its 81st race victory, its 62nd win at Brisbane’s main track, ran a lifetime best mile and equaled Hal Thomas' modern-day career record of 377 starts. Both Hal Thomas and Destreos have raced an astonishing number of times but hands down the Sally Stingel owned Destreos’ performances eclipse those of Hal Thomas. Destreos officially celebrates a 12th birthday in one week, that’s 40 human years.  He started racing in 2006 and has now won more than $660,000. Hal Thomas which was trained by Brisbane’s Mark Dux raced between 1998 and 2010 won 65 times earning $261,443. Both Destreos and Hal Thomas fall short of the all time Australian record number of race starts and wins held by north Queenslander Cane Smoke which before computer form records were being kept reportedly raced 400 times over 11 years, mostly during the 1980's in Mackay and won 123 times. Driven a treat in front today by regular driver Kelli Dawson, tough Astreos gelding Destreos left the machine like a rocket and posted a 26.8 first quarter to stave off an early challenge from Lebron (Pete McMullen). The second sectional was covered in 29.5, the third in 27.4 and he charged home the final quarter in 28.5 for a gross time of 1.55.5 and a stunning mile rate of 1.51.9. Destreos held a 3.1 metre break on its nearest opponent, Ohoka Colorado (Shane Graham) at the end of the 1660 metres with Majestic Mach in third place for Grant Dixon. Lebron which tried to burn off Destreos at the start faded to finish fifth 6.4 metres astern. by David Aldred

She might have come a cropper during last year's Ekka but Clifton harness racing driver Stacey Weidemann is shaking off the spot of bad luck to focus on winning this Sunday's $10,000 Garrards Horse & Hound - Big Dog Show Grand Final prize. Harness racing heats and finals raced over 1609 metres, four laps of the show-ring track, commenced last Friday at the Ekka and will culminate in the Grand final on the last day of the Royal Queensland Show. 24 year-old Stacey and aunties, show champion driver Lola Weidemann and show champion trainer Julie Weidemann have 15 horses racing at the Ekka. Stacey will be both driving and preparing the horses including her sentimental favourite Grandads Boy. So far she has driven three winners, Mac Sweet and Aviators Dream (2 wins) which won a Final last Saturday. "It's good to be back," Stacey said as she showed scars she earned after hitting the dirt during at the 2014 show. "We went pretty good last year." "I got leading points driver at the show and our stable won the big race with another horse (Lonesome Mach)". Once traditionally a male dominated sport, harness racing is now very much also a female domain. "I think people like softer hands on their horse," Stacey said. "Girls can sometimes get along better with horses as well. " I like being happy with the drive and being able to say you've given your horse every opportunity and see the horse go well for how you have driven it." Last year's Grand Final winner Lonesome Mach is the Weidemann family's best prospect to win the Grand Final again on Sunday. The gelding won last Sunday's final in very good time so he is on track again to compete in the big race. Racing Queensland has added a new perpetual trophy to the final, the 'Ekka Plate' which will be presented to the champion driver. The Weidemann's final winners at the Show during the past six days include Ghost Gum (Day 1  S0 Final); Aviators Dream (Day 2  S1-S3 Final); Lonesome Mach (Day3 S4 Final); Moon Rocket (Day 5 S0 Final). This week has been a busier than usual week for the Weidemann's with the stable also racing at the Queensland TAB meetings at Albion Park and Redcliffe. As soon as the Show racing is completed each day, there is a mad dash from the Ekka grounds near the Royal Brisbane Hospital to either Albion Park (5 kms) or Redcliffe (38 kms) to race there. Last night Lola drove in the last two races at Redcliffe after competing at the Show and she also drove after the Show at Albion Park last Friday and Saturday nights. Once the Show is over the team will be back to competing in the day to day TAB races but one race meeting  will be really special for the family. Warwick's Allman Park Racecourse, the family's local thoroughbred racetrack, will host a Charity harness race meeting on Father's Day, Sunday 6 September. The Darling Downs Harness Racing Club conduct this race meeting which was a major success when raced as a non-TAB day last year. The Club expects the race meeting to be huge this year with TAB betting on all races. Sherele Moody (Warwick Daily News) and David Aldred

Egmont Park, one of the country’s finest harness racing nurseries is having an open day. Based on the rich soils of the Darling Downs at Toowoomba, the famed harness racing stud has produced countless winners including Australia’s greatest ever champion, Blacks A Fake ($4.5 million – 4 Inter Dominions). An invitation is extended to all interested parties to attend the day which is scheduled for Sunday, August 23 starting from 10am. If more convenient and depending on numbers, a bus will be made available for pick-up and drop off from Albion Park but bookings are essential. “This is a perfect opportunity to come and view our world class stallions in lead-up to the new breeding season in a relaxed and friendly environment, have a great day out and catch up with friends.” Studmaster Peter Bell said. Come along and see one of the state’s finest Studs which is the home of world champion pacer Mr Feelgood and the new exciting prospect Hurrikane Kingcole for the upcoming breeding season. Mr Feelgood, a winner of the famed Little Brown Jug plus an Inter Dominion Grand Final continues to prove his worth in the breeding barn with noted performers A Good Chance ($151k) and Feel The Faith ($91k) leading the way downunder. His stats continue to rise from his North American crop which includes I’m Feelin Good ($544k), Nathan Feelsgood ($239k), Feels Good ($213k), Just A Bee ($205k) and Justified ($174k) among others. Hurrikane Kingcole is a striking and wickedly fast son of champion sire Cams Card Shark out of the mare Blazing Yankee and retired with a ‘PB’ of 1;47.3. Prepared throughout his career by John McDermott, Hurrikane Kingcole won 14 of 49 career starts. Both stallions will parade on the day. A tour of the stud outlining new facilities is planned while viewing of the broodmares and yearlings is also scheduled. Light refreshments will be served on the day. Egmont Park Stud is located on 662 Biddeston – Southbrook Road, Biddeston. RSVP: 16TH August to Peter Bell on 0418 885 033 or 07 4691 0772 – Egmont Park

When it comes to tight track harness racing the Weidemanns take command. The reigning champion at the Royal Queensland Show, Lola Weidemann got off to a flying start to defend her title, winning two of the three Ekka harness racing finals raced so far at this year's show. The other final was won by her niece Stacey Weidemann with all three horses trained by Lola’s sister and Stacey’s aunty, Julie Weidemann. Lola Weidemann won the Friday night Final driving Ghost Gum (Jet Laag – Eagle Street) with the striking 3yo grey pacer finding the lead early to go unheaded over the four laps of the 1609 metre standing start pace. On Saturday Lola and Stacey Weidemann shared the heat wins with Aviators Dream, Mister Armageddon and Mac Sweet winning, then on Saturday night Stacey made it three wins for the day steering Aviators Dream (Mr. Aviator – Milady Bistro) to victory in the Final. On Sunday, the heat wins were shared around a little more evenly between the stables supporting the show. In front of the big weekend crowd Dutch Cream (Steve Burke) won heat one, Blessed Is The Boy (Narissa McMullen) took out heat two and Jacks A Smarty (Stacey Weidemann) won the third heat. Then on Sunday night with the stands around the main arena full to capcity, Lola Weidemann was back in the winner’s circle winning the day's final on last year’s Grand Final winner Lonesome Mach (Mach Three – Little Pheobe). The Weidemann’s are on track to win their fourth Final at the Ekka with two heat winners this afternoon and three runners in tonight’s final. Heat one today went to Emargee (Ricky Gordon). Heat two was won by Mister Armageddon (Lola Weidemann) and the third heat went to Mac Sweet (Lola Weidemann). Harness Racing continues all week at the Ekka with the $10,000 Garrard's - Big Dog Grand Final raced on Sunday. David Aldred

Queensland harness racing superstar Avonnova will remain in full work. The free-legged pacer was a beaten favourite in last week’s Gr.2 $50,000 Redcliffe Gold Cup after being wiped out at the start in a messy stand start event. Several horses were severely interfered with at the start including defending champion Majestic Major who made contact with Avonnova. But co-owner and trainer Ian Gurney will press on and keep building towards his next major target. “He doesn’t need any more time off, he some time off after the Inter Dominion earlier this year and he’s only had four runs back this preparation." "Plus, he’s a rising nine-year-old so I will just keep him ticking over as we push for the Queensland Pacing Championship in October.” Gurney said. Avonnova claimed his maiden Group One victory during the recent Brisbane winter carnival at Albion Park when he led throughout to win the $100,000 Sunshine Sprint on July 4. The Art Major – Mini Slick gelding was placed third in the $125,000 Blacks A Fake behind star Victorian Philadelphia Man after starting from a nasty second-line draw. The Queensland Pacing Championship traditionally kicks off the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season and Gurney is focused on winning the state’s biggest event. Avonnova was a runner-up last year behind For A Reason. “The spring carnival is the next major focus for him and I’d like to go one better this year, we went close last year but hopefully we can turn that around this year." "He will tackle the Gold Coast Cup in lead-up to the QPC." “He goes best on the fresh side so I will try and space his runs, I will look for races every couple of weeks in the next month or two before screwing him right down for October and onwards." "I won’t be going to Perth for the Inter Dominion and the New Zealand Cup is the long range target." “I like the way the New Zealand Cup builds so we will start making some enquiries in the coming weeks, I’m keen to head over and give it a crack." "The fact that it’s a long staying race will suit plus I can go into that race with his normal routine of being a fresh.” Nominations for the $750,000 New Zealand Cup close next Wednesday, August 12. Chris Barsby    

Queensland harness racing rookie pacers Catcha Lefty and Get In The Groove have been confirmed by their respective connections as targeting the upcoming Australasian Breeders Crown in Melbourne. Both pacers are already feature race winners, in fact, both scored in their respective Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Finals at Albion Park back on June 20. And both have already qualified for the semi-finals at Ballarat on August 22 following their respective victories in qualifying heats at Albion Park on July 10. Both pacers will head south together. And stable together, with Clinton Welsh. Catcha Lefty is prepared by husband and wife combination of Charlie Cini and Cristina Monte while Get In The Groove is prepared by husband and wife combination of Grant and Trista Dixon. The Dixon’s are no strangers to tackling the Breeders Crown after winning the two-year-old fillies consolation last year with Feel The Faith plus running third in the three-year-old final with Alleluia. But it’s entirely new for Cini and Monte. The Village Jasper – Lefty gelding is yet to miss the board in 9 starts this season which includes 7 victories. “We’re keen to get down there and give it a real shot; he’s the only horse we’ve ever paid up with this series and we’ll take our opportunity." "He’s a nice horse and he’s qualified, we’re due to fly out on the 17th and I’m hoping we can secure a race start with him next week which will keep him ticking over just nicely.” Cini said. Both horses haven’t raced since July 18 at Albion Park in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Finals. Catcha Lefty finished a close-up third behind Leos Best and Roarn in 1;54.8 after working hard throughout while Get In The Groove crashed to the track after being wiped out by Victorian filly Heavens Trend at the 300m marker. Get In The Groove bounced back with a stylish trial victory at Albion Park last night (Tuesday) coming off the speed to win the workout in a mile rate of 1;58.6 with a final split of 27.6 seconds. The Mach Three – Get Happy filly is raced by her breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour. “We’re keen to give her an opportunity against the best fillies available, we think she has good ability and we’re prepared to head south and Grant is confident she has taken no harm from that nasty incident at Albion Park in the Triad Final, it was a good trial.” Seymour said. Get In The Groove has won 3 of her 5 starts to date. A Queensland trained runner is yet to win a 2yo Breeders Crown Final but have tasted success in the 3yo division through the deeds of Fleur De Lil and Tip Your Hat. Chris Barsby

Australian native Aaron Lambert has returned home. The Queensland horseman has called North America home since moving there over a decade ago, originally starting as a groom with Mark Kesmodel and then Noel Daley before making the transition to be a successful harness racing trainer trainer. Since making the move, Lambert has never returned home, focused on getting himself established and providing for his family, married to his wife Lynn and their three children. Based in the ultra-competitive New Jersey area at Winner’s International Farm, Lambert has worked hard to build his clientele and numbers and his persistency has paid off with a number of talented performers originating from his barn. His best performer is quite clearly, Dynamic Youth. Lambert selected him from the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Western Hanover mare Always True was an $85,000 yearling purchase and went through the ring named Altdelete Hanover. He is the first of six foals from his dam and the only one of her progeny to earn more than $100,000. At his most recent start, Dynamic Youth broke through the million dollar barrier in earnings following his fifth placing in the $500,000 Benjamin Franklin Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono behind Luck Be Withyou in a mile of 1;49.0. His biggest victory came in 2012 when successful in the Cane Pace at Tioga Downs where he defeated Pet Rock. He took at lifetime mark of 1;48.1 at age four when successful at The Downs which equaled the world record for a 1000m sized track. In total, Dynamic Youth has won 24 races in his career to date while amassing $1, 022, 907 in stake earnings. He was voted the 2013 Pennsylvania Horse of the Year for his performances in overnight events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fellow countryman Andy McCarthy has been a consistent partner of Dynamic Youth during his career. Other top performers for Lambert include Townslight Hanover, Mr Massimo and Sharks Legacy among others. Lambert will catch up with his family and friends in Brisbane after flying into Sydney earlier this week. The talented horseman gained his basic skills from his father, Jim, a noted horseman in his own right.   Chris Barsby

The wonderful Queensland winter campaign for the ‘Birchip Boys’ could end on a high this weekend. Following the recent domination of stable star Menin Gate in the Queensland and Gold Coast Derby’s coupled with the fast finishing effort of classy filly Morton Plains in the Queensland Oaks, the 2015 stint in Brisbane has been filled with everlasting memories for trainer Larry Eastman and his loyal bunch of owners. But there is one remaining target in sunny Queensland for the crew from Birchip – the Gr.3 $30,000 Redcliffe Oaks this Saturday night. And victory with Morton Plains would cap a dream season. “It’s been unbelievable this season and it’s stuff you never dream of because you never think it will happen to you, I’d never trained a Group One before this season and now I’ve got five of them plus many other features this term. We’ve enjoyed it immensely and we’ve celebrated long and hard, I just hope it never ends.” Shelbourne based trainer Eastman said. While the Queensland campaign has been an extraordinary success, the season overall has been truly magnificent with feature race victories including the Victoria Derby plus a haul of Vicbred Super Series Finals through the deeds of Menin Gate, Morton Plains and Milly Perez. All four Gr.1 victories came at TABCORP Park, Melton. With Menin Gate now back in Victoria and being readied for the upcoming Australasian Breeders Crown series, Morton Plains has remained based in Brisbane and will start a clear favourite in the Oaks after landing the inside gate on the tight turning bayside track. “This filly is not eligible for the Breeders Crown and therefore, the Redcliffe Oaks seemed a logical target for her which will ultimately end her season. I’m so proud of the job this filly has done this season and I think she’s got one more good effort left in her. “Landing the inside gate is a major advantage at Redcliffe and it clearly takes some pressure off now, it takes all the guess work out of the race. Her effort in the Queensland Oaks against Fight For Glory was great and like many in the Queensland Derby, she had little or no chance considering the sectionals Pauly (Menin Gate) was running up front. “I gave her trial yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park and she went really well, she got trapped on the pegs but hit the line hard once clear and the splits were impressive. That hit-out will bring her on for Saturday night and I’m pleased with the way she’s come through it, she’s enjoying Queensland but who doesn’t because it’s a great place and we’ve got some really good friends up here.” Morton Plains finished a close-up fourth in the Victoria Oaks earlier this season. Last season, Eastman finished second in the Redcliffe Oaks with Milly Perez, the race was won by local filly Charming Allie. by Chris Barsby Related Links Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 01 August 2015 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 01 August 2015

From humble beginnings just over seven years ago, Redcliffe’s flagship sales race the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sales 2yo Final will achieve harness racing Group 1 status in 2017. Yearlings sold through Queensland's popular Redcliffe Yearling Sale in 2016 will be eligible to race in a $100,000 2yo Final and Club President Kerry Ebert is over the moon that the Club will achieve a milestone that many thought would never happen. “It’s been a personal goal of mine to make this happen and to finally be able to announce it during our big week of racing is just fantastic,” Ebert said. “Going back a few years now a few of us here had the foresight to recognize that there was a void that needed to be filled. "There were a lot of yearlings not considered good enough to be sold at the APG sale and they had no official auction locally to go to. “But little did we realize then what we were going to be able to achieve. “By the third yearling sale at Redcliffe we were getting the top lots for our sale. “The Group 1 and the $100,000 is a reward for all the breeders and all the buyers that have supported us.” The Annual Redcliffe Yearling Sale is held each year at the Club by Darren Ebert & Co in conjunction with Redcliffe Peninsula Harness Racing & Sporting Club Inc. All Horses sold through the sale ring at the track are eligible to register for the Club’s Two and Three Year Old Classic Series. “It was a gamble that’s paid off,” Ebert said.  Chris (Garrard) and I guaranteed the initial $30,000 stakes in 2008 and when we launched it we weren’t sure whether the sale and race series was going to be successful.” Quality Queensland bred 2yo Leos Best won the 2015 Group 2 edition of the $80,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sales Final this month for trainer/driver Grant Dixon with an amazing time of 1.54.9. The son of Cammibest bred by Burwood Stud and raced by Kevin & Kay Seymour’s Solid Earth Pty Ltd. defeated Mucho Macho Man and Timmo Time. Leo’s Best has since gone unbeaten at his last three starts capping his season with a Group 1 victory in the QBred Triad Final at Albion Park two weeks ago. “The horse quality and the race times are just getting better each year and our committee, the sales company, the sponsors and the breeders strongly believe that this race is deserving of its new status,” Ebert said. “We are now able to deliver what we set out to do and we are all very proud of our achievement.” by David Aldred

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