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AUSTRALIA’S leading sports broadcaster SEN today announced its expansion into Queensland with the launch of SENTrack including a dedicated local breakfast show with former Australian test cricketer Ian Healy and veteran sports journalist Pat Welsh. SENTrack launched last week on 96.9FM Ingham and 99.1FM Atherton and will debut from 7th September on 1053AM Brisbane and 1620AM Gold Coast. Australia’s first independent racing, harness and greyhound radio racing service, SENTrack - offers racing fans previews, analysis, insights and reviews of key races across the country. In Queensland, ‘Breakfast with Pat and Heals’ will provide a local lead-in to each day’s racing coverage – commencing 7th September. The pair said they were looking forward to sharing their banter with sports fans Monday – Thursday, 6.30-8.30am. “By the time we’re on-air in September we expect sport will be back bigger and better than ever and we can’t wait to dissect all of the day’s sport news with our Queensland listeners,” said cricketing legend Healy, who will also join SEN’s cricket coverage this summer. Welsh – best known for his rugby league and golfing commentary and who has commentated at eight Olympic Games and covered the prestigious US Open, British Open and the President's Cup during his 45-year career at Channel Seven, said he was thrilled to be joining SENTrack. “I can’t wait to join Heals bright and early most mornings to discuss the day’s sporting agenda. It’ll be heaps of fun and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of laughs and robust debates along the way,” Welsh said. The breakfast program will be heard on 1053AM Brisbane, 1620AM Gold Coast, 96.9FM Ingham and 99.1FM Atherton. Racing will take centre stage each day after breakfast, with SENTrack showcasing key races across the country along with interviews with owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys. Pacific Star Network Chief Executive Officer, Craig Hutchison said he was excited to bring SEN to passionate Queensland sports and racing fans. “We are incredibly excited to launch SENTrack in Queensland and honoured to welcome Ian Healy and Pat Welsh - two of Queensland’s greatest sporting personalities to our team,” Hutchison said. “The pair had originally signed with us earlier in the year, but due to the evolving COVID-19 circumstances, we decided to postpone their debut until September when we hope sport will be back in full swing. “Queensland is a proud and passionate sporting State – with racing a key employer and contributor to the economy. SENTrack will shine a light on racing in all its forms and celebrate the participants of the sport through a deeper level of coverage than ever before. “We love Queensland racing, harness and greyhounds and stand with these codes through these times - their contribution to the state’s economy and the huge volume of jobs they create is so important to Queensland, not to mention the fun and social aspects of the codes that SENTrack will showcase and highlight. “From Simon O’Donnell, David Taggart and his team’s insight across spring through to our widely acclaimed Melbourne Cup Day coverage last year with Gerard Whateley and Bruce McAvaney, our racing coverage has gone from strength to strength and SENTrack will take that to the next level,” Hutchison said. SENTrack also recently launched in Melbourne 1377AM, Perth on 657AM, Wollongong 1575AM and Gosford 801AM. It can also be heard via the SEN app. SENTrack 1053AM Brisbane and SENTrack 1620AM Gold Coast will commence broadcasting on 7th September. SENtrack

It could be described as a classic David and Goliath contest, but a small hobby harness racing trainer from central Victoria is prepared to give it a crack. Tim Mortlock, of Maryborough, made a snap decision a few days ago to tackle one of the big events at the Brisbane Winter Carnival with his in-form filly Seemepearlywhites (Grinfromeartoear USA-Numismatic (Elsu NZ). The three-year-old pacer has drawn the three alley in this Saturday night's $100,860 Group One TAB Queensland Oaks. "It's by far the biggest race I've ever competed in that's for sure," Mortlock said. "There's some red-hot opposition, but there's no use whatsoever sitting at home wondering, is there? "Our filly has improved since her first win a month ago - her next two placings were okay and then she was very good in winning at Maryborough this week. The race replay from Maryborough: "We are realistic to know that the Purdon-Rasmussen superstar in Our Princess Tiffany looks pretty much over-the-line. But hopefully we can be somewhere in the mix not too far behind the likely winner." Mortlock said the owner of his horse, Greg Eeles spent 40 years living in Queensland before shifting to Victoria about 12 months ago. "Just lately Greg got a bit sick of the cold weather down here and actually had a holiday up north -he only came back home to watch his horse at Maryborough on Monday," he said. "Now he's volunteered to head back up to Brisbane in the car with me, the horse and float! "Greg decided to ask well-known horsewoman Lola Weidemann to be our race driver because he's used her a lot in the past." Mortlock said his previous biggest quest was the Breeders' Plate at Leeton years ago. "I finished third in the heat and then did no good in the $30,000 final after drawing terribly and having no luck," he said. The Maryborough mates are hoping to be at their temporary stables at Redcliffe, 40 minutes north of Brisbane, by late on Thursday night. Mortlock is employed with a fencing contractor, but said he'd only just told his boss he wouldn't be around for a few days. "I rang Greg (Eeles), to ask him what he thought about the idea of the big trip north and when he agreed we went straight into planning mode - but it was then I remembered that I wouldn't be at work for four or five days! It was a bit of a late call by us, but the boss was fine with it all, and hopefully we can have some luck," the happy-go-lucky Mortlock said. Two other Victorian stables will also be competing at in Winter Carnival feature events at Albion Park on Saturday. The talented Laura Crossland-David Moran team at Kialla has star youngster Lochinvar Art lining up in the $31,000 2019 Egmont Park Stud Group 3 South East Derby. The Jeff McLean stable at Terang also has a representative in the same feature with Nancy's Boy. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Last start Gr.1 winner Goodtime Heaven is chasing further feature race glory. Fresh from her success yesterday (Sunday) in the $150,000 NSW Breeders Challenge 3yo Fillies Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle, connections are now switching their focus on the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on Saturday week, July 14. Prepared by Courtney Slater at Elliminyt, the Rock N Roll Heaven – Bella Joy filly covered the 1609m feature in 1:52.1 defeating Molly Kelly and Callmequeenbee. The mile was covered in splits of 27.6, 29.3, 27.9 and 27.3 seconds. “It’s our next step, we’ve headed back home and then we’ll head to Brisbane next week in readiness for the Oaks, we’re absolutely thrilled with the way she is performing.” Slater declared. Boasting 9 wins from her 12 starts to date, Goodtime Heaven has quickly gained rave reviews from seasoned followers with many rating her very highly. The standout filly this season is Shez All Rock, a winner of the NSW, Victorian and New Zealand Oaks plus the Jewels at her most recent start while a Breeders Crown campaign beckons. But Goodtime Heaven looms as a top notch filly in the making. “Connections have been rewarded for their patience, she’s absolutely flying and is a very serious horse in the making,” Regular driver Glen Craven said. “It was a very strong win because it wasn’t handed to her by any stretch, they made her earn it but her class and toughness stood tall.” He added. The Queensland Oaks will be staged over 2138m and the local fillies will offer strong resistance headlined by the likes of Fame Assured and Aqua Miss while last start Redcliffe Oaks winner Sociable will be strongly respected.   Chris Barsby

Classy filly Callmequeenbee is headed to Brisbane. And it’s a hit/run mission for the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on July 14, the middle night of the winter carnival. Fresh from her Gr.1 placing in yesterday’s (Sunday) $150,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle behind Goodtime Heaven and Molly Kelly, connections have confirmed a northern raid. “We were thrilled by her effort and believe she’s got another big run left in her to close out her three-year-old season. She’s pulled up really well and was very bright today so we’re keen to have a throw at the stumps.” Regular reinsman Mat Rue said. Prepared at Bathurst by Gemma and Mat Rue, Callmequeenbee will take on star local fillies Fame Assured and Aqua Miss plus last start Redcliffe Oaks winner Sociable among others in the 2138m feature. The Shadow Play filly has won 5 of her 15 starts this season and connections will deliberately bypass this week’s Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Stud South East Oaks, the traditional lead-up to next week’s feature event. “We won’t start her this weekend because it will just take the sharpness out of her for the main event, skipping this week just gives us that extra week to have her primed and we won’t have to hurry the travel. “Obviously we’d love a really good draw because she’s been a bit unlucky with some tricky gates this season, she can really follow a strong speed and that looks a given when looking at the quality of opposition headed that way. “The Dixon stable have two very good fillies while the New Zealand filly is also very capable given that she conquered the other pair last start.” Back in February, Callmequeenbee finished fourth in the Gr.1 $200,000 NSW Oaks at Menangle while Fame Assured could only manage 7thplacing. Brilliant filly Shez All Rock won the NSW Oaks. Chris Barsby

Brilliant harness racing mare Shartin has been sold. The Queensland Oaks heroine will do her future racing in North America after being purchased by Massachusetts businessman Richard Poillucci for a hefty six figure sum. Previously prepared by Dean Braun, the Tintin In America filly will join fellow former 'down under' stars Nike Franco and Christen Me in the Delaware stables of Jo Ann Looney-King. Nike Franco was also previously prepared by Braun and has amassed earnings in excess of $350,000 this season alone on North American soil while Christen Me has amassed more than $100,000 since being sold earlier this year. The latest member of the 10,000 win club, champion reinsman Tim Tetrick, will be the new driver of Shartin. And just like her new stablemates, Shartin boasts outstanding big race credentials. The sale of Shartin was orchestrated by respected Auckland based agent John Curtin after months of negotiations. "The talent this filly possesses is very obvious and she looks like she has so much upside and that should auger well for her future in North America. All connections are satisfied and I’m really looking forward to seeing her race up there.” Curtin said. Shartin has not raced since finishing a terrific second behind star New Zealand colt (The) More The Better in the Queensland Derby at Albion Park on July 15. Her victory in the Queensland Oaks came two starts ago while she also claimed the Tasmanian Oaks at Launceston on March 19. But her most impressive display was recorded at her home track of TABCORP Park, Melton back on June 17 when parking outside subsequent Gr.1 winner Jilliby Kung Fu in a sparkling time of 1;52.5. "I've always said this filly is one of the best that I've trained and I firmly believe the best is still to come, she's an elite talent," Braun said. "Since being back in work following her break, I think she has improved and matured into a lovely mare. There's a real difference now compared to the end of her three-year-old campaign." He added. Shartin has won 7 times from 13 starts while banking more than $105,000 in stakes to date. The New Zealand bred mare is booked to fly out on November 18. Chris Barsby Shartin - Queensland Oaks Shartin - Melton 17th of June  

The second night of the 2017 Brisbane harness racing winter carnival at Albion Park belonged to the Victorians. Brilliant filly Shartin dominated the Gr.2 $75,000 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks when leading all the way for trainer Dean Braun and driver Luke McCarthy defeating My Casino Belle and race favourite Partyon in the 2138m feature. Shartin led comfortably from her inside draw and ambled through the lead time in 38.9 seconds with My Casino Belle tucking into the trail position while Partyon pushed forward to race outside the leader and then presenting Delightful Memphis in the one out one back trail. Over the final mile, McCarthy allowed Shartin to roll and posted sectionals of 29.8, 29.9, 27.9 and 26.4 seconds. Shartin rated 2:32.9, a mile rate of 1:55.1. Facing the starter for only the ninth time in her career, the Tintin In America filly has now won six times which also includes her triumph in the Tasmania Oaks earlier this season. The Queensland Oaks has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Braun who has enjoyed success previously with Itz Nosurprisesthere (2013) and Nike Franco (2014). It is expected that both Shartin and My Casino Belle will back-up next week and tackle the boys in the Queensland Derby. Speed machine Hectorjayjay claimed back to back victories in the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint defeating My Field Marshal and Lennytheshark in a time of 1:54.1. The time is one of the slowest in recent years; in fact, it’s the slowest time since the incomparable Blacks A Fake scored in 2011 in a time of 1:54.5. Leading easily, Hectorjayjay and driver Josh Aiken strolled through the opening half in 29.4 and 30.8 seconds which instantly nullified the winning chances of his rivals. My Field Marshal worked around the field quickly and raced outside Hectorjayjay while Lennytheshark sat behind his stablemate. Racing down the back straight, Hectorjayjay was full of racing and the third split was timed in a leisurely 29.2 seconds. In the straight, the sprint went into overdrive and Hectorjayjay was able to hold My Field Marshal by a neck margin with Lennytheshark a further 6m away in third. The last quarter was clocked in 25.7 seconds. Hectorjayjay is prepared by David Aiken and was handled by his son Josh. The victory pushed his earnings past the $1 million mark. It was his 41st victory from 78 starts. Hectorjayjay becomes the first pacer since Cobbity Classic (2005/06) to claim back to back victories in the sprint feature. Next week, the open class feature is the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake over the staying distance of 2680m. The More The Better, nominal favourite for next week’s Queensland Derby capped his campaign with another stylish display in the Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Provincial Derby defeating Pretty Hot and Cowboys N Aliens. Fresh from his success last week in the Premiers Cup, The More The Better and driver Natalie Rasmussen sat back in the field while the leaders set a hot speed up front. In the end, the Bettors Delight colt proved too classy winning by 6m in a time of 1:55.2 for the 2138m distance. The $20,540 Burwood Stud Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes was taken out by talented local mare Cherish The Moment who beat race favourite Bettorthanspecial and Joys A Babe in a time of 1:53.9. Cherish The Moment is trained and driven by leading horseman Grant Dixon. The Mach Three mare has now won 13 of her 40 starts with earnings in excess of $120,000. Next week, the features include the $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake, the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Finals and the Gr.2 $75,000 Queensland Derby. Chris Barsby

Plans for classy three-year-old filly Shartin are in limbo. The Tasmanian Oaks winner made a triumphant return to the harness racing today (Monday) at Warragul following her stylish display at Hobart on March 19. Starting at a short quote and clear punters elect, the Tintin In America filly strolled home for an effortless victory in the Downtowner Pace rating a slick 1:56.0 for the 1790m event. Champion reinsman Chris Alford took the winning drive. Originally, the Dean Braun trained filly was being readied for the Brisbane winter carnival with the $75,000 Queensland Oaks on July 8 the main target. But those plans aren’t set in stone anymore. “We’ve been building towards the Brisbane carnival but plans may have changed given the announcement from across the weekend. There’s a fair bit to consider and we’ll discuss that in the coming days.” Braun said. The All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have outlined plans for both of their standout fillies Spanish Armada and Partyon, both multiple feature race winners this season. Spanish Armada claimed the Gr.1 $150,000 Diamond on Jewels day at Ashburton on Saturday in a time of 1:52.1 while running home her final 400m in an eye-popping 25.5 seconds. The Bettors Delight filly now adds her Jewels triumph to her Sires' Stakes, Sales Series, Nevele R Final and NZ Oaks to her list of feature race victories this season with the promise of more to come. And that has Braun on the back foot. “They’re the best stable in the world for a reason so of course I’m going to rethink my plans, it’s a long way from Melbourne to Brisbane and it’s not a cheap exercise. “Going all that way to meet a filly like her among others is something I’d like to avoid but the owners will make the final call. Spanish Armada could easily end up being one the best fillies of all time. “Since the Tasmanian trip, the filly has come up in very good order and I’m very happy with the progress she’s made. I think she has quite a future, her speed is her best asset.” Shartin has now won 4 of her 6 to date. The New Zealand bred filly will next start in the final of the heat she contested today which is scheduled for TABCORP Park, Melton on June 17. A start in the Listed $25,000 Gold Coast/Provincial Oaks at Albion Park on July 1 is also an option for Braun and his connections before the Queensland Oaks. And Braun is no stranger to success in the Queensland Oaks having prepared previous winner Itz Nosurprisesthere (2013) while his son Noah co-owned Nike Franco (2014). Chris Barsby

Hectorjayjay has won the harness racing Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint tonight at Albion Park in a last-minute run from behind that has to be seen to be believed. The bay gelding spent the vast majority of the race in the back of the field, only making his run for the line at the 400 metre mark sitting five wide. Hectorjayjay is in the midst of brilliant form, beating his stable mate and Inter Dominion winner Lennytheshark only recently in the Len Smith Mile, and now running down the brilliant Christen Me to take out tonight’s feature race. Handler and travel companion of Hectorjayjay, Kima Fenning, said she was used to the horse coming from  behind but tonight’s late run had her thinking. “To be honest, I wasn’t too worried at the start of the race because I’ve seen him come from way behind before, but at the 400 mark when he was still second last I thought we were in a bit of trouble,” “I saw when he came out on the top of the straight, I saw him put in that little extra that he does, but then again I saw Christen Me get a run and I thought “Oh, we might be in trouble here”, but he’s just an amazing horse and he never puts in a bad run, he just always does that little bit extra,” said Fenning. Harness racing Operations Manager Brett Rail was impressed with the great run and the flow-on effect it has for harness racing. “It was an outstanding race, and it’s the type of race that brings people back to trotting,” “To see the son of Dream Away come from the tail of the field in a virtually impossible position to beat horses like Christen Me, who’s probably the best in Australasia, it was an outstanding field and an outstanding race.” “I think Hectorjayjay is the next one on the block, he’s ready to take over the mantle and become the best horse in Australasia I’m sure,” Rail added. The 2016 DPMA Queensland Oaks (2138m) was another high-quality race on the cards tonight, with the gutsy three-year-old filly Nek Time (Gotta Go Cullect) working hard to grab the lead early and take home the win in a blistering time of 2 minutes 34.2 seconds. Brett Rail praised the run and the stunning victory. “The winner Nek Time was an absolutely outstanding run, she did so much work early and through the run,” “It was a super-fast time, and the way that horse just kept going it was just an unforgettable race to watch, hopefully she goes on to the Derby for a Picket Fence next week,” Rail added. The 2016 Garrard’s Gold Coast Derby was the other feature race of the night, and it was always going to be a hard to separate the contenders, all entrants very even on paper. Both the winner Charlaval and runner-up Stanly Ross Robyn did a great job to grab their win and place, Rail full of praise for the quality three-year-olds. “It was an outstanding field of three-year-olds, Charlaval from the draw had a good run and was an outstanding winner,” “There are a number of horses in that race that can easily win the Derby, barrier draws are going to be all important for that one,” said Rail. The ground-breaking Picket Fence promotion offers trainers and owners the chance to win a share of $111,000 in bonuses if their horse can win three races in a row in Queensland including one of four feature races on Blacks A Fake Night. At this time the Bill Cosby-trained Slippery Jade is eligible for the two-year-old filly’s bonus, Chris Petroff’s Maestro Bellini is eligible for the two-year-old colt’s and gelding’s bonus, while the Chmiel-trained Nek Time will be in the running for the bonus in the Derby. Blacks A Fake night will be held next Saturday, July 16.  

The Queensland Oaks has been robbed of interest following the scratching of harness racing favourite Rockmemama. Sawyers Gully trainer Darryl Thomas reluctantly made the call to withdraw his star pupil from Saturday’s Albion Park feature today (Thursday) owing to the filly having a high temperature. A last start winner of the Gr.1 NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle on June 26, the Rock N Roll Heaven filly was installed as the favourite with UBET bookies after landing gate three. “We were all set to travel up today but after we did all our cross checks, she had spiked with a temperature and therefore we couldn’t take any chances with her so we scratched. It’s disappointing but she always come first, we’re grateful with what she’s already done this season with two feature race victories.” Thomas said. It remains unclear at this stage whether Rockmemama will be retired or race on next season with a decision to be made following her immediate spell. Rockmemama has won 6 of her 10 career starts, all six victories have come this season while banking more than $136,000 in prizemoney. “This filly has battled injuries and setback throughout her career and was considered that we would retire her after the Queensland Oaks but she will have a really good break and then we will reassess when her break is over. “If she spells well and looks ready for another campaign, then we will give her another opportunity with the four-year-old mares races the primary target but that will depend on her, if it happens then it will happen.”Rockmemama is raced by her breeder, Max Deckert. Star New Zealand filly Nek Time is now a clear favourite to claim her maiden Group One victory with UBET bookies pricing her as a$1.90 elect.A dominant winner last week of the Gold Coast Oaks, the Terry and Glenys Chmiel prepared filly has drawn nicely in gate three following the scratching of Rockmemama. Champion reinsman Dexter Dunn will again take the drive on Nek Time in the 2138m feature. The scratching of the horse paves the way for first emergency Vinland to gain a start in the race. Chris Barsby

Star New Zealand harness racing filly Nek Time is a chance of taking on the boys next week in the Queensland Derby. But first, she must claim the Gr.1 $75,000 DPMA Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on Saturday night. And her chances are looking good following her stylish all the way victory last week in the Gold Coast Oaks coupled with a handy draw this weekend. The Terry and Glenys Chmiel trained Gotta Go Cullect filly will start from gate four on Saturday and provides reinsman Dexter Dunn with plenty of options. “It’s a nice draw and we’ve got room to move so Dex can plot a path to success hopefully from there, I’m really happy with the way she won last week. She had a good blow after the race so I’m expecting a good performance again this week but it’s a much stronger field with several new fillies starting this week.” Co-trainer Terry Chmiel said. New faces this week include a trio of talented fillies from Sydney headlined by last start Gr.1 Breeders Challenge winner Rockmemama plus the duo from the stables of Amanda Turnbull in Eye See Diamonds and Neon Sky while classy local filly Cherish The Moment also starts after bypassing last week. Rockmemama defeated Eye See Diamonds in the Breeders Challenge final two weeks ago while Newcastle Oaks winner Neon Sky has been kept fresh for this assignment. But Chmiel is confident his filly can lift again and rise to the challenge. “I’m actually a little surprised how well she’s actually doing over here, after I weighed her the other day, she’s actually put some weight on so she’s really thriving in the warmer climate. Her work this week has been good and everything is looking good. “That was the first time we’ve used her off the gate last week and the lead time was pretty solid so I was more than happy with the effort, normally we just drive her steady early before making a move but Dex made full use of the good draw last week. “If we can win again this weekend, she’s eligible for the Picket Fence bonus but she must start in the Queensland Derby next week so we’ll keep our options open. We’ve got to win this weekend first.” The Rob and Sharon Symon owned filly is chasing her third Oaks success this season after already winning the Southland and Gold Coast Oaks. New Zealand bred fillies have a fine record in the Queensland Oaks with the past four winners coming from the shaky isles. Last year, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained Fight For Glory proved victorious. Betting giant UBET have opened Rockmemama ($2.50) a slight favourite over Nek Time ($2.80).        Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 09 July 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 09 July 2016           Chris Barsby

Harness Racing Co-trainer Terry Chmiel is toying with the idea of extending Nek Time's Brisbane campaign after she won the Gold Coast Oaks in Brisbane on Saturday night. Another big run by Nek Time in next Saturday's Queensland Oaks could persuade Chmiel and training partner wife Glenys to consider starting her in the Queensland Derby a week later.  Wins in all three races would earn her a Picket Fence Bonus of A$30,000 (NZ$31,360). A grade race on the same programme as the Derby is also an option for Nek Time.  Reinsman Dexter Dunn drove Nek Time in front in Saturday's Gold Coast Oaks (2138m mobile), with the filly fighting off two challengers for the early lead. Nek Time held on comfortably by two lengths in a mile rate of 1:56.6. She sped over the closing 800m in 57 and 400m in 28.9. "She had a good blow afterwards and should improve for next week," Terry Chmiel said from Brisbane. The daughter of Gotta Go Cullect doesn't need to lead and can work a bit in races.   "She's in the zone, let's hope she stays in it." Southland owners Robert and Sharyn Symon were at Albion Park for the win. "It was a pretty big thrill . . . the club really turned it on for us," Robert Symon said. Glenys Chmiel, who is looking after the team at Leeston, will join her husband and the Symons in Brisbane on Thursday. Nek Time's win on Saturday also marked the first time the Chmiels had raced a horse in Australia. Terry has not driven there, unlike Glenys who finished third in the Australasian Junior Drivers' Championship in South Australia in the 1990s. Dexter Dunn's other two drives on Saturday night were Rubys Bad Boy (fifth) and Candyliscious (fifth). Meanwhile, Our Waikiki Beach has drawn No 1 for a C5 and faster mobile mile at Menangle, Sydney, on Tuesday. The unbeaten three-year-old, trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, will be shooting for his 20th win. Luke McCarthy is booked to drive. The race will be televised on Trackside at 7.17pm (NZ time). Among his rivals is ex-Kiwi Four Starzzz Flash, who has not won since his success in the Group III Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington in September, 2013. Mat Kermeen

Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival will heat up when a vast quality of interstate and New Zealand three-year-olds converge on Queensland to stake their claim in the Picket Fence Bonuses worth $111,000. The ground-breaking Picket Fence promotion offers trainers and owners the chance to win a share of $111,000 in bonuses if their horse can win three races in a row in Queensland including one of four feature races on Blacks A Fake Night on 16 July. The upcoming three-year-old features including the Gold Coast and Queensland Oaks and Derby will be hotly contested, with quality horses like Kimani, Charlaval and Nek Time looking to secure two victories in the lead-up to the Blacks A Fake finals night at Albion Park on July 16. Nek Time, who will be targeting the Gold Coast Oaks this Saturday is one of the leading contenders for Picket Fence Bonuses, having come back from a spell in March and performing well. The three-year-old filly has won four of her last eight starts in New Zealand, setting a national record in the G2 Southland Oaks by a widening margin at Invercargill back in April. The Terry and Glenys Chmiel-trained filly arrived in Australia just under two weeks ago and is settling in well, staying at Ian Gurney’s property and being looked after by Nathan Purdon. “She’s been doing really well since she’s been there, she’s as bright as a button and it’s a nice property up there so she’s settling in well,” said Chmiel. While all is going well, Chmiel said the three-year-old filly can be quite temperamental and likes being the boss in any given situation. “She’s temperamental, she’s a one-person filly and she quite likes the wife,” “She’s pretty competitive on and off the track and likes to be in charge, in the last few months she’s really developed and grown into herself, she’s developed into a nice three-year-old,” said Chmiel. Chmiel is happy with Nek Time’s form since arriving in Queensland, last Friday’s trial over 1660 meters at Albion being covered comfortably in a time of 1:55.2. “We were pretty happy with the way she trailed the other night and she’s drawn well for Saturday (Fr2), hopefully we can lead from the front.” Other three-year-olds to watch out for include locals Catcha Lefty, Leos Best, Mattgregor and Son Of Mara. Leos Best is enjoying a good run, winning five of his last nine starts, including his last start, the Rising Stars C3/C4 Final at Albion Park on June 18. Catcha Lefty narrowly missed out on a second Picket at Albion Park last start in the Rising Stars C1/C2 Final on June 25, coming in third. Son Of Mara is a strong Queensland horse who has already earned himself a Picket, but the New Zealand and interstate rivalry is tough, and with the likes of Living Again and Roarn already having earnt a Picket as well, many more local and visiting horses will be working hard to open their campaigns with a win in the near future. Albion Park will have a 10 race card including four feature races this Saturday night. With a total prize money pool of $171,000 the four feature races are the Garrards Gold Coast Oaks for three-year-old fillies, the Horsepower Four-year-old Championship, the Garrards Premiers Cup and the Mr Feelgood Open Pace. Racing starts at 5.12pm. Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 02 July 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 02 July 2016

A new weekly harness racing segement on, Around the Traps will, each Tuesday, put together happenings from around New Zealand and Australia over the weekend just been. NEK TIME TRIALS IMPRESSIVELY Speedy Canterbury 3-year-old filly, Nek Time, was an impressive winner of a trial at Albion Park on Friday night as she readies herself for the Gold Coast and Queensland Oaks. The Terry and Glenys Chmiel trainer filly, who is based at the stable of Ian Gurney, paced her 1660 metre trial in 1:58.9 which equates to a 1.55 mile rate. The Southland Oaks winner, will kick off her campaign in the Gold Coast Oaks this weekend before tackling the Queensland Oaks a week later. Dexter Dunn has been booked to drive the filly during her Australian campaign. TELFER/GARLICK TEAM DRAW LEVEL North Island trainers, Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick drew level with their best ever season tally of 37 with a winning double at Alexandra Park on Friday night. The Papkura Stable won on Friday with River Emperor and First Home to take them to 37 and continue what has been a great season. Just inside the Top 10 trainers on the national premiership, the partnership have produced 16 individual winners this season with Better B Amazed (5 wins), Prince Of Pops and Ashton K (4 wins) and Superimposed, No Doctor Needed, American Flybye and Ideal Flybye (3 wins) their best performers. MAINLAND BANNER’S PERFECT RECORD The win of Glenferrie Classic on Friday at Blenheim kept former New Zealand Trotting Cup winning mare, Mainland Banner’s strike rate perfect. Of the five foals the daughter of Christian Cullen has produced, all five have now been winners with Glenferrie Classic the latest. Aside from Stunin Banner (13 wins) her other four foals; Peruvian Banner (1 win), Return To Sender (8 wins), Rocker Band (9 wins) and Glenferrie Classic (1 win) have all been embryo transfer foals. Incidentally, Stunin Banner will race this weekend at Alexandra Park in a claimers event carrying a price tag of $9,000. He is currently domiciled with Todd Mitchell. GILL SUSPENDED Marlborough horsewoman, Kendra Gill has her licence suspended until the middle of August on the opening, and only, day of the Marlborough Harness Racing Club’s meeting on Friday. Gill, the daughter of local trainer, Mark, was suspended for careless driving after her charge, Gotta Ticket was shifted into a position in which there is was insufficient room to allow it to happen. Gill’s suspension ends on the 14th of August. OUR WAIKIKI BEACH TRIALS TODAY Embattled 3-year-old pacer, (Our) Waikiki Beach will trial today (Tuesday) at Menangle as he continues his preparations for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown. In the care of leading Australian stable, Belinda McCarthy, the unbeaten pacer, who has won all 20 of his career starts, is earmarked to return to the race next Tuesday in a C3-C5 pace before tackling a heat of the Breeders Crown seven days later. VOTING CLOSED Voting for the annual Harness Racing New Zealand Awards, which are to be held in the Mashina Lounge at Christchurch Casino on Saturday, July 30, closed on Friday. There has been plenty of speculation around the Awards this year - in particular the battle for Horse of the Year between freakish pacer Have Faith In Me and superstar trotter, Monbet. 29 votes are allocated for each of the categories, which this year include the return of the 5-year-old and older categories. The voting panel is made up largely of members of the harness racing media in New Zealand which also includes commentators and Trackside presenters. BREEDERS CROWN HEATS KICK OFF The first round of heats for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown will be held this week. Addington plays host to heats for the 3YO Trotting Colts and Geldings as well as the 3YO Trotting fillies. Three horses will go around in the male event; Blood And Whiskey, Conon Bridge and My Armour while the fillies race will be contested by Oona and Wilma’s Mate. Further heats will be held at Addington on the 8th, the 15th and the 22nd of July and at Cambridge on July 10 and 21. By Matt Markham

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

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

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness racing broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. Here’s a profile featuring a likely New Zealand filly that looks certain to be a major player in the Queensland Oaks. Name: Nek Time Stable Name: Laura Age: 3yo filly Owner: Robert & Sharon Symon Trainer: Terry & Glenys Chmiel Driver: Dexter Dunn Prizemoney: $93,989 Biggest win: Gr.3 Southland Oaks - Invercargill Target: $75,000 Queensland Oaks (July 9) Trainer says: “Lovely filly with plenty of quality; loves following a genuine speed and then producing her sprint which is extremely good at the end of her races. She’s been a delight since joining our stable and her winning effort in the Southland Oaks was very impressive and the time was super. We’ll tackle the Jewels and then head over and get ready for the Queensland Oaks.” Barsby says: “A high quality filly that looks certain to be a major threat in the filly’s features during the carnival. The Southland Oaks triumph was stunning and the time underlines the effort, her sectionals always seem to be very impressive. Remember, this filly has beaten some very highly regarded types this season and should add plenty in the Oaks puzzle.” Chris Barsby

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