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Anyone who changed their mind about going to harness racing at Marburg last Sunday certainly pulled the wrong rein. Happily, the weather was on side and approximately 800 folk ventured to the showground. The Marburg Pacing Association was able to demonstrate that, contrary to some opinions, it is possible to promote harness racing and do so in a profitable fashion. Yes, it took a lot of hard work, required a large advertising budget and needed good weather but isn't that the same for any outdoor sports venture? The MPA, on this occasion, managed to cover all the bases. With a few new faces to assist the regular corps of over-worked volounteers, and added attractions such as the Bremer Ford Suzuki Swift raffle and the "WINX" memorabilia, the fans went home happy. We will be back again on Monday, May 6 (Labour Day), to do it all again. Don't miss out. It's a value for money day watching a great sport. It's "the trots in a country setting" with feature races sponsored by well known Rosewood identities John and Chrissie Turner and Queensland Taxi Bowls Club. Interstate concerns IN Queensland, those of us with genuine concerns for the future of our sport often think that we are hard done by. Maybe we are but stop for a moment and consider the immediate future of licencees and owners in South Australia. The following is taken from the Harness Racing South Australia website and is crystal clear in its intent. "The HRSA Board wishes to reaffirm that it remains resolute in its drive to seek the resignations of the SAHRC committee. "Unfortunately, over time, the board has lost confidence in the ability of the SAHRC committee to properly oversee and administer the affairs of the club and harness racing at the state's premier track. "The HRSA Board reiterates its determination that for harness racing to prosper in South Australia the principal club must be vibrant, however the SAHRC committee has failed to demonstrate that it has any viable or feasible plans to arrest the escalating financial losses being incurred. "The realities being that club's fortunes under the current committee have continued to decline and its financial performance significantly deteriorate.'' Furthermore, HRSA states the following: "The HRSA Board is committed to ensuring Globe Derby Park remains the principal harness racing venue in South Australia and at no stage does HRSA want racing to cease on a permanent basis. "The HRSA Board believes that Globe Derby Park is an important facility for Adelaide's northern area and that it must be maintained for its intended purpose - harness racing. "The HRSA Board is not supportive of decisions made by the SAHRC to enter into conditional contracts to sell the majority of club property to a developer for the purposes of establishing mid-high-density residential housing. "The HRSA Board believes that as a consequence of the SAHRC committee's performance, the club's health and on-going viability has been put at serious risk. "In summary, the HRSA Board believes that unless the current issues being faced by the industry are satisfactorily resolved, this being the removal of the SAHRC committee, then harness racing in the state cannot progress but rather it will continue to struggle to remain relevant". From my perspective, it seems that HRSA is behaving responsibly. It begs the question here in Queensland, where the rumour mill spits out the same message every week, that the sale of Albion Park is crucial to any forward progress in the matter of infrastructure and in any other facet of Racing Queensland's operation. One rumour is that former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is headed for a seat on the three-man thoroughbred component on the over-arching Board of Racing Queensland. Is former Lord Mayor Quirk being proposed on the basis of his expertise in gallops decision making, or is it for any expertise he may have in the processing of rezoning applications for high value properties? Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1:  First four 1-3-10-11: Jumping Jolt (J Elkins)-Tom Me Gun (N McMullen)-A Good Chance (P McMullen)-Mark Dennis (K Dawson). R2: Box trifecta 2-5-6: Only In Rome (T Dawson)-Gottago Jazzy Jet (C Hart)-Skyfella Cam (C Geary). R3: E/w 1: Riverleigh Rocket (Mark Dux). R4: Quinella 1-8: Lincoln Road (H Barnes) and Casino Grin (C Geary). R5: Quinella 1-2: Just Rokin (P Greig) and Opononis Bliss (C Turpin). R6: E/w 2: Oceans Predator (N McMullen). R7: First four 6-7-8-11: Spud (A Sanderson)-Maybe To The Max (H Barnes)-Justabitnoisy (Doug Lee)-Needle (D Graham). R8: Box trifecta 1-2-5: Watch Pulp fiction (C Turpin)-Alleluia (G Dixon)-Glenferrie Hood (P McMullen). R9: Box trifecta 1-4-9: Broken Ark (C Hart)-Albion Ark (A Sanderson)-Guy Looks Good (P McMullen). R10: No 2: Colt Thirty One (G Dixon). Honour board A bit of shuffling on the leader board this week as newcomers make their presence felt. In drivers' results, Adam Richardson was up there level-pegging with Pete McMullen on five wins and rates of 250 apiece. On the trainers' side, regular Chantal Turpin was forced to make room for Jay Edmunds. Both trainers prepared three winners for the term. Most pleasing was Mitchell Dawson beginning to post higher numbers in the training department. Ipswich factor: 27/46. Albion Park, April 20: Twitter Bromac (Adam Richardson for Jay Edmunds); Our Chittybangbang (Trent Dawson); Newmerella Sharkie (Trent Dawson for Max Towns); Good Time Stride (Rob Gorman); Spud (Adam Sanderson for Jay Edmunds); Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham). Marburg, April 21: Bambole Nere (Adam Richardson for David Rodger Jnr); Northern Muscle (Denis Smith); Under The Kilt (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze); Mach Torque (Chantal Turpin); Itsadanceoff (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn); Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Escalera (Darrell Graham); My Wingman (Paul Diebert for Ricky Gordon). Albion Park, April 23: Mister Ribbely (Adam Richardson for Chris Monte); Majestic Simon (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Trojan Banner (Hayden Barnes for Alistair Barnes); Patsdelight (Adam Sanderson for Jay Edmunds); The Shady One (Justin Elkins for Trevor Lambourn). Redcliffe, April 24: No Confession (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie); Burning Ambition (Narissa McMullen for Mitchell Dawson); Karloo Mac (Adam Sanderson for Brett Cargill); Riverleigh William (Danny Gatt- Bouquet for Charlie Chiang). Redcliffe, April 25: Unassuming Champ (Adam Richardson for Mitchell Dawson); On That Day (Pete McMullen for Donny Smith); Cotothemoon (Pete McMullen for Donny Smith); Itsadanceoff (Justin Elkins for Trevor Lambourn). by Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

It was a moment that New Jersey horseman, John McDermott, had been longing for from the moment his champion pacer and stallion, Hurrikane Kingcole, left him in the USA three years ago. Hurrikane Kingcole’s co-owner and former trainer was in the Toowoomba region on Monday (April 1), and specifically came to Queensland to visit his beloved mate who is standing at Egmont Park Stud in Biddeston. He also attended the Albion Park Trots and the Redcliffe Sales on Saturday and Sunday. “Of course I shed a tear. I’m almost shedding a tear now - a day just later - just thinking about it," McDermott said. “It was a moment I will treasure for the rest of my life. You know I couldn’t sleep some nights thinking about my best friend. I was so worried about how he would look now. Everyone who knows me will tell you I love my animals. “I didn’t have to worry about a thing though did I?. What beautiful, healthy condition he is in! All my fears were allayed. Peter and Leann (Bell) have done a wonderful job with him. He’s exactly how I hoped he would look. I can’t thank them enough. “And you know what? He knew me. It was like old friends meeting up after such a long time. Forever mates reunited. It’s truly a moment I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” McDermott said from the Sunshine Coast. Hurrikane Kingcole was a $10,000 yearling sales purchase. The son of Cam's Card Shark and Blazing Yankee then went on to win 14 of his 49 starts and earned $582,807 in an injury-plagued career.. His lifetime mark was 1:47.3. His crop of 2-year-olds are just starting to hit the ground running now in Australia, but McDermott loved the horse from the moment he saw him at the sales. “If you thought I loved him at first sight, try now. I remember the moment the hammer went down and we got him for a bargain $10,000. Then the phone rang at home and I was told (my dog) ‘King Cole’ had just died," he said. “’King Cole’ was my best friend back then. My 16-year-old Great Dane. From that moment on I believe the dog’s spirit moved into that yearling. That’s why he’s called Hurrikane King Cole and that’s why this horse has long been my best friend." He also explained that the term ‘Hurrikane’ came from his mother and his son. “Kane is my son. He’s 22 now. He was named after my mother’s maiden name which is Kane. Kane’s sister nicknamed him Hurrikane one day and it stuck," he said. McDermott said when he bought Hurrikane Kingcole the colt was a bit fat. “He was like a tubby little school kid and then within months he blossomed into the wonderful racehorse and now the striking stallion he is today. It’s just a shame he was injured and sick throughout his career," he said. “If he had been raised in Queensland he could have been anything. Your fresh air would have been amazing for him, but instead he was always cooped up back home recovering in boxes. “Sadly we only got to see glimpses of him at his very best because of his immune system issues, as well as his breathing difficulties." Apart from reuniting with his old mate again for the first time in three years, McDermott said one of the other highlights ‘Down Under’ was visiting Albion Park with Hurrikane Kingcole’s co-owners and lifetime friends, Scott Mangini and Carl Garafalo (pictured). “Yes I am an emotional kinda guy, but it completely blew me away to see Hurrikane Kingcole’s name in large letters along the back-straight," he said. “That was touching. What a great place to visit. It was so good to see so many young ones in their twenties having a great night out at the races. We could learn a thing or two from you guys back home." The day after the trots McDermott and his mates were under-bidders on Lot 35 at the  Redcliffe Yearling Sale - a Hurrikane Kingcole - Too Smart For You colt. “We really liked him too but had to let him go at $47,000. That was also a great day out. It was so heartening to know that he produced the top lot and there were eight others by him at the Sale," he said. “When he raced his gait was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. His front leg stood so far out beyond his nose when he was in full gear, it was ridiculous. “He was the reason I got up every day to go to the barn. l loved his personality. He was such a pleasure to be around. He liked us. He was just a happy-go-lucky horse – just awesome. It was so good to see him again." And that wasn’t owners bias either. One of North America’s best reinsmen also agreed Hurrikane Kingcole was something special. “He is the fastest and most powerful horse I’ve ever driven. His gait was effortless and sitting behind him was awe inspiring,” said Yannick Gingras. Now Hurrikane Kingcole is starting to make his mark as a sire in both hemispheres. His son and daughter Hurrikane Emperor and Hurrikane Empress are really making a name for themselves against the best company in North America. Hurrikane Emperor is the current New Jersey Horse-of-the-Year. They are both trained by McDermott. “I live in both New Jersey and Florida depending on the season, but have to be back in New Jersey on April 7 for our Stakes season. Believe me these two pacers are something special. They have competed and won against the best and you will hear a lot more about them this season. They have a lot of their father’s traits. “Also down here Vic Frost speaks highly of his Hurrikane Kingcole 2-year-old, Frost en Ice. That is a huge compliment. “I tell you Hurrikane Kingcole is the greatest bargain going, both back home, and Down Under. I just know his offspring will do well. “But I’ve leased him to Kevin Seymour, and he knows I want my old buddy back. I think it’s a 10-year lease, but Kevin is a great guy and he told me 'HKC' would be coming home to me one day. “That news made my day. I hated saying goodbye to him again,” McDermott said.   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Seventy-six lots will be up for grabs at Sunday’s Garrard’s sponsored Redcliffe Yearling Sale, but the annual sale will be much more subdued than the previous 11 sales at Redcliffe Paceway. The mid-day auction will be staged just seven days after an incident which saw horseman Gary Whitaker and his two children injured at the track. Redcliffe Harness Racing Club president Bernie Ring said there would be an opportunity for attendees to keep the Whitaker family in their thoughts. “We did think about postponing it but after a lot of consultation we have decided to go ahead,” Mr Ring said. "Gary and his family are part of our harness racing family. Gary has bought at the sales previously and is a quality horseman. "They will be on our minds not only on Sunday, but everyday, and we wish Gary and his two children a speedy recovered.” He said his thoughts were also with Gary's wife Joedy, who had been brave throughout the ordeal. He wanted others to display that same braveness by seeking help. "It's been tough for a lot of people, especially those who witnessed the accident. Some members are struggling with this and have sought counselling,” Mr Ring said. "I strongly recommend that everyone takes up the counseling on offer. It needs to be addressed so the thought of it all doesn't come back to haunt people in years to come.” As a result he said there would be no racing at Redcliffe this week – but possibly next week. Ring termed Sunday’s auction as one which was lower on numbers than last year, but higher in quality. "It’s one of the best catalogues we have had. We are expecting buyers from other States. We have a half-brother to Queensland's best juvenile filly of last season, Smart As Camm Be. He is by Hurrikane Kingcole and is Lot 35,” he said. "He's just one stand-out. There are many more - and unlike the APG Sales, all out bidding starts at $1.” He also liked the look of Lot 50 – a colt out of a Down The Catwalk mare named Catwalk Beauty (2004 brown P B Bullville mare). He is by Mr Feelgood. Ring was proud that a strong selection of stallions would be represented, such as represented in the catalogue such as Bettor’s Delight, Somebeachsomewhere, Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Roll With Joe, Well Said, Mr Feelgood, Grinfromeartoear, Changeover and Cammibest and the emerging sires Sweet Lou, Hurrikane Kingcole, Heston Blue Chip, Pet Rock, A Rocknroll Dance, Warrawee Needy, Sunshine Beach, He’s Watching and Follow The Stars. The sale also features half-brothers or half-sisters to a host of classic winners including Pub Blitz, Cha Ching Chaching, Smart As Camm Be, Bonnie Jujon, Wicked Style, Jack Malone, Celtic Cruza and Mathilda Diventa and progeny of the top race mares Too Smart For You, Catwalk Beauty, Cullen’s Jewel, Montana Tess, Bangkok Dancer and Riverboat Royce. "The big incentive about this Sale is that yearlings are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series with a minimum $100,000 prize money for two-year-olds in 2020 and the 3YO Sale Classic in 2021,” Mr Ring said. “They are also eligible for Q-Bred, Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and NSW Breeders Challenge.” The Sale will be run in conjunction with Darren Ebert and Co. Auctioneers and Agents.   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

The best pacer that Anna Woodmansey has trained needs to be taught to slow down. That’s the opinion of the Chambers Flat horsewoman going into Saturday night’s feature event at Albion Park – the $21,000 Changeover At Burwood Stud 2yo Classic (Race 7). The 56-year-old said Pelosi had so much speed she needed to be taught to use it in a race. “She’s such a lovely gaited animal, who needs to be taught to race. She can go like a bat out of hell at times and just needs to slow down and use her speed appropriately,” Woodmansey said. The very well bred American Ideal - For Dear Life (Life Sign) filly is the only starter on the second line in Saturday's eight-strong 1660m mobile. She will be driven by John Cremin. Pelosi goes into the race with a first-up 1.3m victory when a $2.80 second favourite at Albion Park on February 26. The gifted bay then followed that up with an easy 4.3m trial win at the same venue on Wednesday (March 13). "I gave her that trial because last week's 2-year-old race was put off until this week because of the Australia Ladies Driving Champs," Woodmansey said. “She’s had two preps with Kylie Rasmussen and she really liked her. She’s a smart, sensible filly. She comes from a nice family, many of which have won Group races. However they can tend to be a bit loopy unless you keep them in work,” Woodmansey said. “But I must admit it’s been hard trying to treat this good girl equal to the others. She’s much better though, and makes the job worth getting up for,” she added. Pelosi paced a 1:56 mile rate (1:59.6 - 1660m) when winning from gate three on debut. She sat three-deep on the markers that day and then loomed up three wide at the 400m. In the straight she had too much sprint for the favourite Will The Wizard. On Wednesday she came from well back in the field to sit parked at the bell and then at the 700m took control of the race. From that point the battle was for second. Cremin had a big handful as his filly cruised to the line in 2:03.9 (mile rate 2:00.1). Pelosi hails from a quality family, and the daughter of American Ideal is well named. Her human namesake - Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American politician who has been the speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. "Wayne named her. He reckons Pelosi gives (Donald) Trump heaps. Her mother was also a very nice racehorse. In fact a lot of the family have done well," Woodmansey said. Wayne is Wayne Honan, Woodmansey’s partner and the owner/breeder of both Pelosi and her dam - For Dear Life (2005 Life Sign mare). Honan's Hall-of-Fame father, the late Jack bred the grand-dam, the 1992 Stature mare, Express Post. Between them, For Dear Life and Express Post won 25 races and just on $400,000. For Dear Life won 14 of her 28 starts ($322,331) and three Group One events, including the $125,000 Breeders 2yo Challenge in 2008; the $100,000 NSW Wales Oaks in 2009; and the $100,000 APG 3yo Fillies Final in 2009. The first two Group Ones were achieved at Harold Park and the latter at Albion Park. Woodmansey said Express Post won 11 of her 18 starts and $89,483. "I think that might be where Pelosi gets her speed from because Jack said Express Post was an exceptionally fast mare," said Woodmansey. Pelosi arrived at Woodmansey’s barn in November and she is one of three currently in work. The trainer said she would slowly build her up to the APG 2yo heats at Albion Park the end of next month. Toughest for Pelosi to defeat will be the also unbeaten Toanui Spirit (5) and Xaviers Hurrikane (7). Trained by KerryAnn Turner and Shawn Grimsey respectively, both 2-year-olds were impressive winners on debut. New South Wales Visitor Toanui Spirit comes into the race with a 2:01.6 winning mile rate at Newcastle on February 23, while  Xaviers Hurrikane, who has copped the outside front-row draw, made a statement when winning at Albion Park on February 12 by 5.3m with a quick 1:56.1 mile rate. Robert Morris and Nathan Dawson will drive Toanui Spirit and Xaviers Hurrikane respectively. Pelosi's impressive win at the Albion Park trials on Tuesday: http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/race-fields/?mc=AP120319N   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Racing Queensland’s TAB Grand Slam bonuses have been increased to $165,000, with the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club’s stand-alone Group 1 meeting moved to a Saturday night timeslot in two major enhancements for the 2019 TAB Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival. The TAB Grand Slam bonuses, introduced in 2018, brought with them record interstate participation and record wagering for the G2 Sunshine Sprint and G1 Blacks A Fake meetings. The Group 1 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Final meeting will be moved to a Saturday night time-slot (June 22) to capitalize on a record wagering result in 2018, kick-starting the TAB Grand Slam Bonus legs, which include:    $50,000 Blacks A Fake Bonus – Payable to any horse which completes the TAB Sunshine Sprint/Blacks A Fake winning double $15,000 Derby Bonus – Payable to any horse that wins the Redcliffe and TAB QLD Derbies $15,000 Oaks Bonus – Payable to horse that wins the Redcliffe and TAB QLD Oaks’ $15,000 Trotters Bonus – Payable to horse that wins the Redcliffe and QLD Trotters Cups $20,000 Trainers’ Bonus – Payable to any trainer that can win two of the following TAB Queensland Derby TAB Queensland Oaks Queensland Trotters Cup and; TAB Blacks A Fake. $10,000 TAB Blacks A Fake Grand Final tickets – Payable to any horse who wins one of the 2018/19 Grand Circuit Races and starts in the 2019 TAB Blacks A Fake. Following the running of the Miracle Mile the ticket holders are: Tiger Tara Thefixer Turn It Up Rocknroll Lincoln Spankem The enhanced bonuses complement recent prize money increases to the 2019 TAB Queensland Derby and Oaks, which will this year be run for $100,000 and Group 1 status. Queensland driver and Sky Racing presenter Brittany Graham announced the enhancements on television program ‘In The Gig’ on Tuesday evening.  Graham, who will also host live coverage of Saturday’s Australian Female Drivers Championship at Albion Park, said the bonuses had reinvigorated the Queensland Winter Carnival. “As a proud Queenslander it has been great to see TAB getting behind our Winter Carnival through increased prize money and bonuses, which we hope will bring some of these top-line horses to the Sunshine State this year,” Graham said. Racing Queensland Harness Development and Strategy Manager David Brick said it was important to continue to find innovative ways to increase returns to participants, while boosting breeding stocks and wagering on Queensland races. “The highly successful Breed A Trotter program, enhancements to the QBRED Scheme which will see horses eligible to win cash bonuses throughout their entire racing career in Queensland, the introduction of TAB meetings at Marburg and race series for grass roots horses and participants and, significant boosts to prize money, are just some examples of RQ’s commitment to ensure the sport prospers in the years to come.”     Racing Queensland

Leading Queensland reinswomen Narissa McMullen and Kelli Dawson will swap teal for maroon in Saturday’s Australian Female Drivers Championship (AFDC) at Albion Park in Brisbane, where competitors from each state will go head-to-head in one exciting night of harness racing. Among the headline acts are World Champion reinswoman Kerryn Manning (VIC), KerryAnn Turner (NSW) and Madeline Young (WA). The night will double as a close to the 2019 Team Teal campaign, which aims to raise funds for the Women’s Cancer Foundation in its fight against Ovarian Cancer and other Gynecological diseases. In addition to battling out for the prestigious title, the winner will also receive a trip for two to Hamilton Island thanks to the kind support of long-time industry supporters Kevin and Kaye Seymour. A sensational night of entertainment is planned with guest appearances from Brisbane Heat cricket star Jemma Barsby and legendary jockey Pam O’Neill. World record-holding reinswoman Kerryn Manning will also speak on the night in between her driving commitments. Racing Queensland Harness Strategy and Development Manager David Brick said he looked forward to welcoming Australia’s best drivers to Brisbane for a great night of racing. “This will be a tremendous celebration of women in harness racing,” Mr Brick said. “Harness racing is a unique sport in that men and women compete on a level playing field, with women providing some of the sport’s biggest stars.” The field for the 2019 AFDC is as follows: Hannah Vandongen (TAS) Samantha Gangell (TAS) KerryAnn Turner (NSW) Ellen Rixon (NSW) Narissa McMullen (QLD) Kelli Dawson (QLD) Madeline Young (WA) Emily Suvaljko (WA) Lisa Ryan (SA) Kaela Hryhorec (SA) Kima Frenning (VIC) Kerryn Manning (VIC) Kelli Dawson, who came to notoriety in Queensland through her association with ‘Freak of the Creek’ Destreos, comes into the Queensland line-up for the suspended Kylie Rasmussen, who alongside McMullen, has been flying the flag for the 2019 Team Teal campaign in the Sunshine State. McMullen has been leading the charge for Queensland in the 2019 Team Teal campaign, which aims to raise funds for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. McMullen leads the national tally to-date, with 19 winners since February 1, helping the Queensland campaign raise just short of $10,000.   Racing Queensland

First-year American stallion, Hurrikane Kingcole, was always destined to sire his first Queensland winner at Albion Park on Tuesday (February 12). The son of Cam's Card Shark was represented by all four starters in the appropriately named $7,750 Hurrikane Kingcole At Egmont Park Stud Pace. It was Queensland’s first 2-year-old race in 2018-2019. The Shawn Grimsey trained and Nathan Dawson driven Xavier's Hurrikane won the 1660m mobile by 5.3 metres with a swift 1:56.1 mile rate. Equal $2 favourite, the Vic Frost trained Frost En Ice (Kylie Rasmussen) was second. Although Grimsey admitted the time was good, he believed Xavier's Hurrikane’s real gauge wouldn’t be known until after the brown gelding competed in the $50,000 Sapling 2yo Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Miracle Mile night - Saturday March 2. "That was a nice win but we will wait and see how he goes against the Art Majors and Bettors Delights in Sydney. The Hurrikane Kingcoles seem to be kind animals and this fella has a bit of talent, but how much, only time and development will tell. I think he’s definitely worthy of a trip south. I will know a lot more after March 2,” Grimsey said. He said he had two Hurrikane Kingcoles at his Tamborine Mountain stable. “They broke in okay and this fella is much more forward in his preparation than his sister. He’s also more talented. She (Madetoplay) took three goes to qualify,” Grimsey said. The Gold Coast horseman said he had campaigned horses with moderate success in New South Wales previously. He said both he and owner/breeder, Mike Adamson, also of Tamborine Mountain, believed Xavier's Hurrikane was good enough to take on the best early-season 2-year-olds. “It’s only early days yet but he’s done all he can do and at this minute I couldn’t be happier. He’s out of a Mach Three New Zealand mare (Dougie's Envy), so hopefully that side of the breeding will kick on too,” 46-year-old Grimsey said. “I've got seven in work and he’s by far the best of them. The horse that ran second behind him (Frost En Ice) also went well, so the stallion might have a bright future,” he added. Hurrikane Kingcole sired his first Australian winner at Geelong on January 16 when the Damien Burns trained and Michael Belman driven Youaremy Sunshine got the chocolates by two-and-a-half metres. Hurrikane Kingcole has now sired 136 live foals in Australia and has had six starters to the races. As a racehorse he won 14 of his 49 starts and placed in 10 others for $580,102 in stakes. In 2012 the talented bay paced a 1:48.1 mile at Mohegan Sun Pocono to equal the then-world record for a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track Then the slick pacer, who was bought for $10,000 at the yearling sales, went on to set a lifetime mark of 1:47.3. Hurrikane Kingcole suffered from a myriad of health issues during his career, including throat problems and a broken splint bone in his left front leg. The latter ensured his premature retirement in March 2015.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

The Queensland Derby and Queensland Oaks at Albion Park Harness Racing Club will be returned to their rightful status as Group 1 Classics worth $100,000 each from 2019, thanks to Racing Queensland’s new partnership with Tabcorp. Racing Queensland Chief Operating Officer Adam Wallish said the increases were just one example of the benefits the new partnership between Racing Queensland and wagering provider TAB would deliver. “These increases give our local trainers and owners two more chances to claim Group 1 glory,” Mr Wallish said. “The move also aims to bolster southern participation, which contributed largely to Racing Queensland’s record wagering figures on TAB Blacks A Fake and Sunshine Sprint nights in 2018.” Tabcorp Head of Wagering in Queensland, Sean Scott, said race clubs across Queensland would benefit from the new partnership. “There is excitement building in racing and wagering in Queensland and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The transition from UBET to TAB continues and we’re confident punters will love what TAB will bring to the Sunshine State,” he said. The TAB Queensland Oaks will be run at Albion Park in conjunction with the G2 Sunshine Sprint on 13 July 2019.  The TAB Queensland Derby will be held on TAB Blacks A Fake Night on 20 July 2019, alongside the G1 QBRED 2YO Triad Finals and the $200,000 TAB Blacks A Fake.    Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairman David Fowler said the increases would be of significant benefit to his club and the entire Queensland industry. “The Queensland Winter Carnival will now feature six Group 1 races including four on the final night of the carnival at Albion Park. That’s a feat the Queensland harness industry can be proud of,” Mr Fowler said. Queensland’s principal harness race caller Chris Barsby welcomed the news. “This is outstanding news because it really solidifies that Brisbane is the place to be during winter. As we know a lot of southerners like to head up and get into the warmer climate, but now with the extra prize money I think we’ll see a lot more interstaters heading this way,” he said.  Trainer Kylie Rasmussen won the 2011 Queensland Oaks with outstanding mare, Forever Gold, and will be have Group 1-winning filly Smart As Camm Be set for the 2019 TAB Queensland Oaks. “Most people when they buy a young horse have big dreams and if they can win an Oaks or a Derby that’s something very special,” she said. “To have the Derby and the Oaks back to Group 1, and more importantly, back to $100,000 races is just wonderful for Queensland.” Rasmussen said the recent $2 million prize money increases for harness were a welcomed lift to the industry. “The more prize money we can have spread over the board so as everybody gets a bit more is what the industry needs,” she said. “The QBRED scheme is back on target and looking really positive, especially now that you can win bonuses as an older horse.” Racing Queensland Harness Strategy and Development Manager David Brick said he looked forward to further announcements regarding the make-up of the carnival over the coming weeks and months. “These increases complement the $10,000 TAB Grand Final bonuses being offered to the winners of any Grand Circuit race during the 2018/19 season that then race in the TAB Blacks A Fake in July,” he said.   Racing Queensland

The Queensland Derby and Queensland Oaks at Albion Park Harness Racing Club will be returned to their rightful status as Group 1 Classics worth $100,000 each from 2019, thanks to Racing Queensland’s new partnership with Tabcorp. Racing Queensland Chief Operating Officer Adam Wallish said the increases were just one example of the benefits the new partnership between Racing Queensland and wagering provider TAB would deliver. “These increases give our local trainers and owners two more chances to claim Group 1 glory,” Mr Wallish said. “The move also aims to bolster southern participation, which contributed largely to Racing Queensland’s record wagering figures on TAB Blacks A Fake and Sunshine Sprint nights in 2018.” Tabcorp Head of Wagering in Queensland, Sean Scott, said race clubs across Queensland would benefit from the new partnership. “There is excitement building in racing and wagering in Queensland and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. The transition from UBET to TAB continues and we’re confident punters will love what TAB will bring to the Sunshine State,” he said. The TAB Queensland Oaks will be run at Albion Park in conjunction with the G2 Sunshine Sprint on 13 July 2019.  The TAB Queensland Derby will be held on TAB Blacks A Fake Night on 20 July 2019, alongside the G1 QBRED 2YO Triad Finals and the $200,000 TAB Blacks A Fake.    Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairman David Fowler said the increases would be of significant benefit to his club and the entire Queensland industry. “The Queensland Winter Carnival will now feature six Group 1 races including four on the final night of the carnival at Albion Park. That’s a feat the Queensland harness industry can be proud of,” Mr Fowler said. Queensland’s principal harness race caller Chris Barsby welcomed the news. “This is outstanding news because it really solidifies that Brisbane is the place to be during winter. As we know a lot of southerners like to head up and get into the warmer climate, but now with the extra prize money I think we’ll see a lot more interstaters heading this way,” he said.  Trainer Kylie Rasmussen won the 2011 Queensland Oaks with outstanding mare, Forever Gold, and will be have Group 1-winning filly Smart As Camm Be set for the 2019 TAB Queensland Oaks. “Most people when they buy a young horse have big dreams and if they can win an Oaks or a Derby that’s something very special,” she said. “To have the Derby and the Oaks back to Group 1, and more importantly, back to $100,000 races is just wonderful for Queensland.” Rasmussen said the recent $2 million prize money increases for harness were a welcomed lift to the industry. “The more prize money we can have spread over the board so as everybody gets a bit more is what the industry needs,” she said. “The QBRED scheme is back on target and looking really positive, especially now that you can win bonuses as an older horse.” Racing Queensland Harness Strategy and Development Manager David Brick said he looked forward to further announcements regarding the make-up of the carnival over the coming weeks and months. “These increases complement the $10,000 TAB Grand Final bonuses being offered to the winners of any Grand Circuit race during the 2018/19 season that then race in the TAB Blacks A Fake in July,” he said.   Racing Queensland

For 36 years Queensland Harness Racing Hall-of-Famers, Noel and Christine Denning, have thought nothing of getting up every day at 4am to tend to their standardbreds at Burwood Stud. The Pittsworth couple, who were inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in 2015, quietly go about their business just waiting for days like this Sunday (January 27) to arrive at Brisbane's Albion Park. That’s when the first of four annual APG Yearling Sales will be staged. The other three in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth, will be held on Feb 3, March 3, and March 10 respectively. “Christine and I are a no fuss couple. We like to get on with our work without accolades, but we have to admit this Sunday is why we breed horses. “We love the game and enjoy running Burwood Stud with our two sons, Daniel and Jonathon,” 62-year- old Denning (Noel) said. Burwood Stud will have two of their own yearlings up for sale, and will also represent another 13 of their clients. They are: Burwood Stud Lot 1: An Artspeak – Walking On Air filly. Lot 44: A He's Watching – Tout Le Monde colt. Greg Mitchell Lot 3: A Grinfromeartoear – Arks Crystal colt. Lot 18: An Art Major – English Elegant colt. Lot 19: A MachThree – Joy To Behold filly. Lot 21: An Art Major – Find Fake Cash colt. Trevor & Louise O'Reilly Lot 12: A Western Terror – Doubting Darcey filly. Lot 15: An Art Major – Empty Promises colt. Lot 36: A Rock N Roll Heaven - Shesgotmegood filly. Lot 41: A Sunshine Beach – Teams up filly. Brendan Sippel Lot 24: A Mr Feelgood – Goldplay filly. Lot 27: A Hurrikane Kingcole – Left Dancing colt. Patrick Ross Lot 6: A Roll With Joe – Blue Eyed Suzie colt. Montana Park Lot 9: A Bettor’s Delight – Courageous Annie colt. William Hill Lot 32: A Roll With Joe – Save Me Christian filly. A total of 46 yearlings will be up for grabs and there are a few which have really taken Denning’s eye. “I don’t like singling any one horse out because there are always surprises, but I really like the colt (Lot 44) out of the New Zealand mare, Tout Le Monde (by Mach Three), who we bought in 2014," he said. “She left two foals in New Zealand and the first foal we bred from her fetched $65,000 at the 2016 APG Sale. Her name was For All We Know (by Art Major) and she's gone on to win two of her eight starts including the (Group 3) APG 2yo Fillies Final at Melton last April. “We are really hoping the He's Watching colt out of her can give us a similar or better result.” He also made mention of Lots 3, 6 and 15. “Lot 3's grand-dam (Joan Of Ark), was a former Broodmare-of-the-Year, while Lot 6 is a real nice colt. Even though he’s not big he already looks like, the type who will race well early,” Denning said. “I’m also expecting Lot 15 to sell well. He’s out of Empty Promises (by As Promised), who won nine races. Her second foal, Jossie James (By Big Jim) has so far won 12 times and amassed more than $100,000.” Denning said he had loved standardbreds for much of his life and decided to get into breeding in 1982. “We managed to secure horses off John Gibson and Lawson Coburn in the early 1980s and by 1983 we were selling our first yearlings at the Sales,” he said. “We have been associated with some nice horses over the years, but our stallion, Cammibest Best (by Cambest) is one I’ll always treasure. “We shuttled him to and from America and he’s still producing 2-year-old winners. “Christine and I really love the APG Sales. You get three bites at the cherry with all the bonus incentives that are up for grabs for yearling’s that go through the Sales. We can’t wait.” The four APG Sales to be staged in January, February, and March are: Brisbane - Sunday January 27 at Albion Park starting at 12 noon. Melbourne – Sunday February 3 at Oakland’s Junction starting at 11am. Sydney – Sunday March 3 at Warwick Farm at 11am. Perth – Sunday March 10 at the State Equestrian Center at 1pm. By Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

There has been a changing of the guard at Queensland’s BOTRA organisation. The Management Committee has a new look for the mouthpiece of the Sunshine State industry members under the banner of BOTRA - Breeders', Owners', Trainers', Reinspersons' Association. Third generation trainer and former driver Daren Garrard was appointed President at the Annual General Meeting on December 20, 2018. The former Vice-President, Mr Garrard thanked outgoing President Dan Costello and former Management Committee representatives, and hopes to utilise some plans of the organisation which had previously been put in place. “We look forward to holding regular meetings which will be open to members and non-members alike, all for the good of the harness racing industry,” he said. “We are anxious to extend membership of this organisation, in the knowledge that BOTRA represents the industry across-the-board, from the hobby trainer with the smallest holding to the largest professional stables. “As such, we plan to keep members informed of any meetings we have with industry bodies, including race clubs and Racing Queensland.” The Management Committee also includes: Jeroen Nieuwenburg (Vice-President) Joedy Lee (Secretary) John Cremin (Treasurer)   Racing Queensland

In-form pacer Lincoln Road will remain local. The former New Zealand pacer was purchased last year with aspirations of being a contender for the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire, the pinnacle event for four-year-old’s staged at TABCORP Park, Menangle next month. An impressive winner of his past five starts, the latest comes on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park when leading throughout in fast time. And while his current form lines read impressively, connections will resist the temptation of an interstate trip. “We’re thrilled with his efforts of late and he’s clearly performing at a very high level but a trip south is not the right thing for the horse. It’s his first campaign and he’s become a little stirred up and I think it could tip him over the edge.” Trainer Alistair Barnes said. A winner of 9 races from 21 starts, the versatile gelding has won 5 of his 8 starts in the Sunshine State. But Barnes is looking long term with his stable star. “I think the Brisbane winter carnival is a better option, we can give him an ease up and build nicely to those features rather than putting him in the deep end by chasing the Chariots. “He’s a horse we’re hoping can reach open class grade and have plenty of fun with along the way, he’s only a young horse and still very inexperienced. He’s still got plenty of upside and should continue to develop. “He has led, parked out and come from behind in his victories to date and I honestly feel his best option is sitting off the pace and coming with one run. As he rises in class, we may have to drive him more that way so that’s a nice problem to have.” Lincoln Road is raced by Victorian based couple, Cesare and Maria Di Gregorio. And they’re racing a number of prospects through the Barnes stable. Handy performer Bet Im Special was their maiden purchase while they’ve added Miss Blue Glory and the trotter Whataboyz. Barnes, a dual licence trainer, currently has a team of 17 in work.   RQ Web News

Form guide for Harness Racing at Albion Park Tuesday 8th of January RACE ONE MISTER OZ (5) is knocking on the door with placings in 3 of his past 5 starts the latest in open company on Sat night. Finding the pocket trail he was solid to the line when 8m from the winner IVANOV. He closed strongly here 2 starts back and from the 30m tape can cash-in. NORTHERN MUSCLE (6) will strip fitter after returning from a freshen here over the 2138m last start. Starting fav he was working home in good order wide out but was no match for the winner who skipped clear. Putting together a stretch of 4 wins in his past 6 he looms as a danger in this. JUSTABITLIKEMUM (2) will take further benefit from her latest run when 2nd up from a break. Her return run had merit after striking trouble and with a safe getaway can give some cheek here. EL SWAVO (4) went back-to-back with success in similar races before meeting some tougher types at his past 3 runs. His run last start was a nice effort against open performers and he can chime in here. SELECTIONS: MISTER OZ (5), NORTHERN MUSCLE (6), JUSTABITLIKEMUM (2), EL SWAVO (4) SUGGESTED BET: MISTER OZ (5) to win   RACE TWO OUTLAW FELLA (1) will be tightened from his latest start when returning from a break. Starting from gate 5 he worked forward to find the breeze and was in for the fight when only 4m from the winner. He finds his best gate in recent outings and can look to capitalise. LUCIFERS LEGEND (4) is also 2nd up from a break and comes out of the same race as OUTLAW FELLA. Starting from the 2nd line in that contest he was angled to the pegs for a cosy trip and was hitting the line in good order when 7m from the winner. Fitter he can find position and be closing late.   IMA GRUMPY POSSUM (8) did some early work in a slick opening panel on Sat night and after finding cover was strong to the line when only 4m from the winner. With a cosy trip on offer here look for her taking a closing shot. LANCELOT BROMAC (9) has started to work his way back into some form after going through a lean patch. He found the line nicely last start behind SIR JULIAN and with early options is in the mix here. SELECTIONS: OUTLAW FELLA (1), LUCIFERS LEGEND (4), IMA GRUMPY POSSUM (8), LANCELOT BROMAC (9) SUGGESTED BET: OUTLAW FELLA (1) to win     RACE THREE GOD SAKE (1) chased gamely to hold 3rd behind MAJOR CROCKER at Menangle 2 starts back and then when returning to Qld didn’t have many things in his favour when down the line behind COURAGEOUS LEO. He started fav last time out and from the ace gate here he looks to get his chance to atone. THE MUSE (8) will be sweating on the 1 looking for an all the way effort as that will bring her right into contention. Finding the pocket trail last start she chased hard when holding on for the bronze behind the in-form LINCOLN ROAD. With the cosy trip available she will be ready to strike. EVERYTHING (9) had a dip for the front last start and despite looking to have crossed couldn’t get to the pegs. Takin cover in the run he then never had a shot at them. Racing tough in previous starts he can throw down a challenge in this. GRINVIL (6) took on mares company on Saturday when chasing home well to be 4m from the winner DARKERSHADEOFPALE. The wider gate hurts her chances but she can be thereabouts with even luck. SELECTIONS: GOD SAKE (1), THE MUSE (8), EVERYTHING (9), GRINVIL (6) SUGGESTED BET: GOD SAKE (1) to win     RACE FOUR MONTANA CHIEF (1) was after a hat-trick of victories last start when forced to work hard in the breeze from gate 4. With the solid tempo he couldn’t see it out when fading in the closing stages to finish mid-field. He took them all the way from this gate over the 2138m 2 starts back and can dictate here. JUST DEAL IT (10) made her debut back on Dec 18 when starting from gate 1 she was given plenty of time balance up and take a trail. When sent into space she hit the line nicely and extended away in good style to victory. With the experience from that run she will be a big threat in this. PINUP BOY (8) was working home wide off the track last start and hitting the line in good order to grab the silver when 5m from the winner TUESDAYS FELLA. He will be coiled and ready to strike after a soft trip. ONE OFF (6) has been down the line at his past 2 starts after finishing in the top 3 in 7 successive starts when arriving in Aus. Finding a spot without being too far back will be key here and he can chime in late. SELECTIONS: MONTANA CHIEF (1), JUST DEAL IT (10), PINUP BOY (8), ONE OFF (6) SUGGESTED BET: Flexi trifecta 1-6-8-10     RACE FIVE STEVIE DEE (3) had been struggling to show her best until her last start when finding a suitable target and from a long way back in the pack was able to finish over the top to score. Only 6m from VALTONA in a mares qualifier the start prior, she can go back-to-back in a wide open contest.   IMA TOP TYCOON (9) was closing out in good order from a long way back at Redcliffe 3 starts back to be 3m from the winner in solid time. He finished best through a strong closing 800m split to score at Marburg 2 starts back and was tough from the breeze last start. Despite the gate he can feature.   MACHIN OUT (10) went back from a wide gate last start and then was never in the hunt against the closing tempo. That followed a run where he didn’t have a great deal of luck and he can be sharper here. GOODTIME STRIDE (4) has been 5m from the winner at each of her past 2 starts with the latest a tidy effort from the 2nd line over the Redcliffe 2040m. With the right trip she will be in the mix. SELECTIONS: STEVIE DEE (3), IMA TOP TYCOON (9), MACHIN OUT (10), GOODTIME STRIDE (4) SUGGESTED BET:     RACE SIX BALLYMORE BOY (9) took on a qualifier last start and after racing wide to find the position outside the leader he was in for the fight when 6m form the winner COURAGEOUS LEO. Absolutely luckless the start prior when probing for space that never arrived. With a nice trail through early he can break a run of frustrations. MARETTI (5) features in a stable change and will line up for Cristina Monte for the 1sttime. His run 4 starts back was strong when fighting in the breeze and only beaten a half-neck and last start he was grabbed late after doing some early work. Despite the tricky gate he will be right in the fight. MACHEASY (4) made the most of the passing lane on Sat night to claim a 2nd division qualifier. Finding the front form gate 6 the start prior he was grabbed right on the line and will be close here. KEY LARGO (2) started fav on Sat night and was forced to do the heavy lifting after pressing ahead from gate 6. He can hold an early spot here and if limiting the work can be in a great spot to strike. SELECTIONS: BALLYMORE BOY (9), MARETTI (5), MACHEASY (4), KEY LARGO (2) SUGGESTED BET: BALLYMORE BOY (9) to win     RACE SEVEN LIFEONTHEBEACH (11) rolled forward from gate 7 over the 2138m here 2 starts back and was working in the run when fighting gamely to claim the silver behind CHARMING MAJOR. He started fav last start and after easily holding the lead threw his chances away with a gallop. With some good temp in this he can atone. TOM ME GUN (10) is racing in good touch and has been in the money at 5 of 7 starts since returning from a spell. He closed out strongly last start when a 2m 2nd to the in-form LINCOLN ROAD which followed a tough run from the breeze. With even luck from the tricky gate he can challenge. SOMWHEREOVARAINBOW (4) will take further benefit from his latest run when 2nd up from break. Beaten for early speed from gate 2 he was closing out strongly when 2m from the winner. He will be in the mix. MY SECRET TORQUE (1) will be 2nd up after returning at Redcliffe when using the passing lane following a cosy run to grab a 1m 2nd to LIFEINHEAVEN. With the options from the gate she looks a place contender. SELECTIONS: LIFEONTHEBEACH (11), TOM ME GUN (10), SOMWHEREOVARAINBOW (4), MY SECRET TORQUE (1) SUGGESTED BET: LIFEONTHEBEACH (11) to win   Racing Queensland    

Taken by and large, 2018 harness racing has been a good year, and tomorrow, the Marburg Pacing Association gives you a great opportunity to shake off the cobwebs and get in the Christmas spirit. Gates open at 11am at the Marburg showground. The first 100 patrons over 18 through the gate get a $5 betting voucher to cash with bookie Stephen Anthony. The TAB van will be on course along with the "funny money" bookmaker. For the kids there will be the animal farm/petting zoo and for all ages, the mini-trotters plus "pat a pony". It's a top class card of harness racing on the up close exciting Marburg circuit. The "Pick the last six winners" is worth $2100 (share) and 20 lucky people will win prizes in the Leukaemia Foundation's monster raffle. It's a great day out with prices that won't erode the Christmas budget. Admission is adults $5, members and pensioners $3, and Race book $3. Welcome presents IT'S starting to feel like Christmas with the Santas at Racing Queensland announcing an expansion of the popular $1000 QBRED Cash bonuses for harness racing, with more than 300 expected to be distributed to participants annually from December. The expansion comes with the support of the Harness Racing Advisory Panel. It is a sign of Racing Queensland's commitment to continue its significant investment in the QBRED scheme. "Bonuses will now be offered on all Queensland TAB races worth $4500 or less and other selected races, commencing at tomorrow's Marburg meet. QBRED cash bonuses are paid when a QBRED-eligible horse wins a race that carries the bonus and helps ensure the benefits of the QBRED scheme are spread evenly throughout the industry. "This enhancement complements recent upgrades to the QBRED scheme, where horses will be 'QBRED for life','' Racing Queensland Harness Development and Strategy Manager David Brick said. Recent prizemoney increases included the introduction of a $10,000 First Win bonus (For horses of any age) and the introduction of a $7500 second-win bonus in any subsequent racing season, providing the race stake value is more than $4,500. Other enhancements to the QBRED scheme for the current season include the introduction of $15,000 Double QBRED Features for 2YO's (for each sex) and a $10,000 QBRED Triad Trot for 2YO's (mixed sex)". Life in harness is full of surprises, a sport where a step back into the past, equates in practical benefits to a "giant leap forward". The positive thinking which has produced this modest bonanza might now be directed back to rummage through the wreckage of what was once a great sport in Queensland. There are, no doubt, other gems well worth restoring. Festive wishes AS Trot Tactics is a believer in the dictum that, "to do good is good", we take the opportunity to wish all folk involved in trotting, fans, punters and participants alike, all the joy of the Festive Season. Next week, we will review the high and low points of the year past. On the strength of the above, and the proposed expansion of TAB racing at Marburg we should head for the dawn of 2019 in a spirit of guarded optimism, mindful that we are, in a great part, responsible for our own destiny, be that success or failure. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Quinella 4-9: Its Just Kenny (G Dixon) and Franco Totem (D Graham). R2: Quinella 2-6: Rich virgin (L McCarthy) and Sports Bounty (M Elkins). R3: Quinella 4-6: Nerio (B Barnes) and Shards Halo (E Rixon). R4: Box trifecta 1-3-8: Rory Mach (D Graham)-Ohoka Squire (A Richardson)-Comply Or Die (N McMullen). R5: First four 1-2-5-9: Admiral Bronski (L McCarthy)-Young American (B Barnes )-Watch Pulp Fiction (C Turpin)- Eleniark (G Dixon). R6: E/w 1: Casino Grin (B Barnes). R7: Box trifecta 1-3-4: Somemondosomewhere (G Dixon)-Top Flight Cruize (M Tenardi)-Gotta Good Reason (L McCarthy). R8: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Our Diamond Edition (A Millard)- Invite Only (D Graham)-Caesars Astrum (P McMullen). R9: Box trifecta 1-3-8: Slice Of Heaven (Reece Maguire)-Spike Bromac (T McMullen)-Im The Golden Child (P McMullen). R10: First four 5-6-8-9: Maybe To The Max (H Barnes) -Kyvalley Boomerang (L McCarthy), Mister Gunsen (B Woodsford)-Our Overanova (G Dixon). Marburg selections For tomorrow's meeting. Race 1: 6-2-9. (1) NEWMERELLA MOLLIE: Has terrible draw, but if gets clear will be winning. (2) PERFECT FEELING: 3rd at Albion Park last start, beaten 3m. Likely leader. (3) WHATA STRIDE: Form solid, can work round these. Race 2: 8-2-1. (1) IF YOU BELIEVE: Top stable has been placed at AP and Redliffe in fast time. Did plenty of work in win here October. (2) SUGAR BRICHERS: Resuming, likely leader. Winner this track April in fast time. (3) ACE MONTANA: Learning its trade. May take trail for easy trip. Race 3: 4-7-10. (1) BOURBONONTHEROCKS: Up and coming mare, does everything right. (2) JUST LIKE MUM: Resuming but in strong stable and market is best guide. (3) STONED AGAIN: Marburg specialist with top ability, go well again. Race 4: 2-4-7. (1) JACKS GAMBIT: Not won since May 2017 but recent form very sound. Go close. (2) REDDY FIRE: Last two runs ordinary but goes better. (3) EMARGEE: 2nd at Tamworth at most recent run is good enough to place here. Race 5: 2-7-8. (1) VILLAGE CRUISER: Possible leader. If so would be real chance. (2) EXPRESS PASS: Has great form and gets easy trip. (3) DOMESTIC ART: Marburg specialist, excellent form, top driver and should get a drag into this. Race 6: 2-1-9. (1) DIAMONDS FROM HEAVEN: Goes well here. Midfield last two at AP but were in fast time. (2) OUR CHAMPION: Last four runs not impressive but ace draw helps. (3) LOTS MORE GRINS: Veteran with solid form and can still hoof it here. Race 7: 5-6-2. (1) JUMPING JOLT: Great form and big winner here last meeting. (2) DRIVE THE DREAM: If it gets off the fence early is probable winner. (3) OLIVER WINKLE: Honest pacer, gets cheap trail and can place off that. Race 8: 2-1-8. (1) ROLLING ALONG: Been racing Newcastle and Menangle. Big class drop. (2) PLAYNSERIOUS: Trial winner last Saturday, frontrunner with right draw. (3) SURFACE TO AIR: No worthwhile form for some time. Market best guide. Honour board The geographical abberation of last week has been firmly corrected. Driving and training honours return to the bottom of the Brisbane Valley, with Nathan Dawson and Pete McMullen each rating 200 for their four winners. Darrell Graham was yet again top trainer, leading in four of the best. Most pleasing was Live In Style for Greg Minns at Redcliffe on Thursday. Nikki Chalk was in the sulky. Albion Park, December 15: Mark Of Integrity (Nathan Dawson for Kerryann Turner); Rory Mach (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham); Nui Toc Tien (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn); Im Norma Jean (Pete McMullen for Peter Greig). Albion Park, December 17: Norahs Fling (Denis Smith); Invite Only (Darrell Graham); Roll Ona Rainbow (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Drive The Dream (Darrell Graham); Fiery Blue Chip (Danielle McMullen). Albion Park, December 18: Ole Sun (Hayden Barnes for Mal Charlton); Just Deal It (Adam Sanderson for Ian Gurney); Courageous Leo (Nathan Dawson for Donny Smith); Lisa Lincoln (Nathan Dawson for Melissa Gillies); The Boys GNP (Pete McMullen for Ron Sallis); Lumos (Pete McMullen for Mitch Faulkner). Redcliffe, December 19: Lynnsanity (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Takitimu Express (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Bob Gage (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis). Redcliffe, December 20: Purple Shades (Gary Whitaker for Tayla Gillespie); Live In Style (Nikki Chalk for Greg Minns); The Harlem Hammer (Adam Richardson for Doug Lee); Lincoln Road (Brendan Barnes for Alistair Barnes). by Denis Smith Trot Tactics - Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

Racing Queensland has announced an expansion of the popular $1000 QBRED Cash bonuses for harness racing, with more than 300 expected to be distributed to participants annually from December. The expansion comes with the support of the Harness Racing Advisory Panel and is a sign of Racing Queensland’s commitment to continue its significant investment in the QBRED scheme. Bonuses will now be offered on all Queensland TAB races worth $4500 or less and other selected races, commencing at this Sunday’s Marburg meet. QBRED cash bonuses are paid when a QBRED-eligible horse wins a race that carries the bonus and helps ensure the benefits of the QBRED scheme are spread evenly throughout the industry. Racing Queensland Harness Development and Strategy Manager David Brick said: “This enhancement complements recent enhancement to the QBRED scheme, where horses will be ‘QBRED for life’.” Recent prize money increases included the introduction of a $10,000 First Win bonus (For horses of any age) and the introduction of a $7,500 second-win bonus in any subsequent racing season, providing the race stake value is more than $4,500. Other enhancements to the QBRED scheme for the current season include the introduction of $15,000 Double QBRED Features for 2YO’s (for each sex) and a $10,000 QBRED Triad Trot for 2YO’s (mixed sex).   Racing Queensland

It was a fitting result with leading horseman John McCarthy returning in style. The former multiple Albion Park Metropolitan Trainers Premiership winner returned back to his old stomping ground and claimed the Gr.3 $30,660 AQWA Constructions Be Good Johnny Sprint last night (Saturday), the opening night of the Queensland summer carnival. McCarthy guided giant New Zealand gelding Rakarolla ($9) to victory in the 1660m feature after racing three back against the pegs before sprinting past the Ian Gurney duo of Mach Alert ($3.30) and Our Hi Jinx ($7.50) in a scorching time of 1:51.9. Sectionals of 27.3, 28.4, 28.3 and 27.9 seconds. The winning time is well outside of the track record of 1:50.4 set by champion pacer Im Themightyquinn back in 2014. It is the second time McCarthy has prepared the winner of the feature named in honour of his former champion after Washakie scored back in 2011. Now based at Cobbitty near Menangle, the highly decorated horseman prepares a team of around 20. “It’s great to win a race that’s named after my best ever pacer, I got a good run against the inside and that’s the best place to be when the running that sort of time. He finished off really well and we’ll start in the Christmas and Queensland Cups,” McCarthy said. “Earlier this week, I sat and thought about taking my horses to Newcastle and then thought I should drive a little further north and take in the Brisbane features. So I headed up with a small team and it’s been a good start.” He added. Rakarolla is raced by his New Zealand based breeder, Brendan Fahy. In the other feature, race favourite Mr Kalypso ($1.75) accounted for the Grant Dixon duo of Aqua Miss ($14) and Red Charmer ($7.50) in the AQWA Constructions APHRC Members Cup. The Kylie Rasmussen trained and driven pacer rated a strong 1:57.1 after racing without cover for the bulk of the 2138m event. Mr Kalypso remains unbeaten in seven Queensland starts. The Art Major – Kalypso five-year-old entire looks destined for bigger and better things in the future. Next week, the features include the $20,660 Christmas Cup and the $20,660 Forever Gold Mares Open Pace. RQ Media

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