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Young horsewoman Codi Rauchenberger may be on the sidelines at the moment, but she's already busting to get back into the harness racing action as quickly as she can. The 20-year-old spent a week in hospital and is now recovering from a broken wrist, fractured collarbone and bruising after being involved recently in a nasty fall. "I really can't remember all that much - I do remember thinking I was going to crash onto the horse's head, but I reckon I just missed him," Codi said. The spectacular accident happened at a Queensland country meeting conducted at Redcliffe. Stewards reported that Hot Embers, driven by Codi, galloped soon after the starter released the field in the Garrards Horse and Hound Pace, and they observed the gelding became unbalanced and fell, dislodging the driver. The race was called off due to the proximity of driver and horse on the track and stewards delayed a rerun of the race until Cody was in the hands of the Queensland Ambulance Service. "The injuries are going to take a while to heal properly so I'll be out for up to three months," Codi said. "It's disappointing, but I'm looking forward to Christmas because I'm heading back home to Rugby (near Young) to be with family and friends," she said. Codi said it was the third time she had been involved in racefalls since she began driving two years ago. "My first one was at Menangle and I come out of that fine. In the next one at Bathurst about 12 months ago I wasn't so lucky and got an ankle injury," she said. "But that's probably pretty good because I've had about 200 drives since I started." Codi, who recently landed the 50th win of her career, had travelled to Queensland with NSW trainer Denis Picker for the well-known Winter Carnival, and elected to stay on for a stint with trainer Jason Carkeet, at Gatton. "After Denis went home, I was lucky enough to get a bit of work with Jason. I've really enjoyed it and have been driving for a few trainers including Richard Hutchinson and John McMullen" she said. Hot Embers, trained by Greg Minns, escaped without serious injury in the fall, finishing up with only superficial abrasions. "Somehow I staggered back and put my knees on his head so he couldn't get up and bolt. That's just something I was always taught," Codi said. "Greg got the horse from up around Bathurst way where he'd won four races. I won a Marburg trial on him going under two minutes and then we ran fourth at Albion Park in 1.54," she said. "Since the fall he's requalified. I think he ran fourth but importantly didn't put a foot wrong. He does go along okay." Hot Embers is aptly named, being sired by former brilliant pacer Courage Under Fire, who thrilled Queensland fans back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Courage Under Fire won the Queensland Derby Final in July, 1999, at the prohibitive odds of 1/40. In April, 2001, he won two Inter Dominion heats before a fourth in the final to Yulestar. Then later that same year he took out the G1 $120,000 Australian Pacing Championship at Albion Park.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Racing will resume at Redcliffe Paceway on Wednesday following the completion of a $300,000 track upgrade. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Attorney-General and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath inspected the venue after stewards approved the return to racing. Mr Hinchliffe said it was terrific news for the region, as it was the most significant Racing Queensland investment in the venue this decade. “Add to that the fact that new economic data has revealed that harness racing is responsible for generating $21.7 million to the Moreton Bay economy each year,” he said. “More than 18,000 people come to harness racing meetings here, and there are more than 600 participants, including 65 trainers. “Most significantly, however, is that it provides more than 180 full-time jobs right here in Moreton Bay, which is why the Palaszczuk Government supports racing in the Sunshine State.” Mrs D’Ath said that the paceway played an important role across the region and the State. “There’s no doubting that it’s a significant contributor to the Queensland harness racing industry,” Mrs D’Ath. “With more than 100 race meetings each year, it will provide participants with a new and improved racing surface and upgraded training facilities. “I’m really looking forward to seeing it back in action next week.” Redcliffe Harness Racing Club president Bernie Ring said the unique 800-metre track was expected to be better than new when it reopens next week. “This is the first time the track has been resurfaced in 10 years,” Mr Ring said. “I’ve been down to look at it a couple of time and it looks great. “In time I think we will see faster and perhaps some records broken once the track has settled in.”   Racing Queensland

THE reshaping of Queensland’s Winter Carnival gave the unique Redcliffe track it’s biggest night ever. And the triangle-shaped track – unique because it has three straights – delivered with stellar racing across a string of feature races. First out was the state’s glamour filly Smart As Camm Be, who looked a class above her rivals and delivered with the softest of wins in the Redcliffe Oaks. Life will get much harder when she meets Princess Tiffany in coming weeks. The Sonya Smith and Anthony Butt team produced former Kiwi pacer Make Way to powerhouse Redcliffe Derby win after sitting parked and beating favourite Dazzle Me, trained by Barry Lew of Karloo Mick fame. The biggest race of the night, the $50,700 Group 2 Redcliffe Cup, was the most popular result of the night with hard-working Lola Weidemann driving Clintal Do to win for trainer Richard March. “That’s my first Redcliffe Cup win, it means the world,” Weidemann said. Clintal Do came from behind the leader to nab former Kiwi Group 1 star Ohoka Punter and win by a nose with the emerging Franco Toten third. Ohoka Punter’s trainer-driver Grant Dixon only had wait for the next race, the $100,760 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales final, for compensation when he landed a one-two blow with hot favourite Governor Art beating Signor Jujon.. _____________________________________________________________________________ CHARIOTS Of Fire winner Poster Boy is recovering from a bout of pneumonia which sent a huge scare through his camp. Owner-breeder Bill Anderson spoke of the relief when being told it was no longer life threatening by late Friday. “His temperature 42C when he arrived (at the Ballarat clinic) and it’s now back down to 37.5C … it’s past being life threatening now and his racing career looks pretty stable,” he said. Trainer Emma Stewart said she knew something wasn’t right with Poster Boy during the week. “He didn’t pull-up right after his fast work this week, so we had a couple of vet checks and he ended-up getting really sick. He’s out at Ballarat Veterinary Clinic and has pneumonia,” she said,. “Fingers crossed he recovers well.” Poster Boy was prepost favourite for his Vicbred 4YO entires and geldings final, but fans knew something was amiss when he was scratched from his qualifying heat at Ballarat last Friday night. The regally-bred entire is one of Australia’s most exciting pacers with 19 wins from just 27 starts and almost $800,000 in earnings. ____________________________________________________________________________ EMMA Stewart’s training dominance of the rich Vicbred series has been long established. But she’s raised the bar again this year Stewart won all seven Vicbred qualifying heats for juvenile pacers at Bendigo last Tuesday night. The star performers were colts or geldings Miragon, Pandering and Beale Street, while the standout fillies were Treasure and Maajida. Then, at Kilmore last Thursday, Stewart won five of eight of the three-year-old pacing heats. The highlight of a stellar night was when Stewart’s emerging Demon Delight sat parked and beat glamour stablemates Centenario (who led) and Hurricane Harley (who had the one-one trail) in a stunning display. Demon Delight ripped home in 54.3 and 27.4sec to win by 1.6m over Hurricane Harley with another 3.3m away in third spot to Centenario, who Stewart said needed the run. By far the most impressive filly was Stewart’s Kualoa, who toyed with her rivals by 20.6m in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2180m. The theme continued at Ballarat last Friday night where Stewart won four of seven heats run for four-year-old pacers, including pint-sized mare Pistol Abbey. Mick Stanley’s Soho Burning Love brilliantly won her heat and looks hardest for Pistol Abbey to beat in the final. Another of Stanley’s stars, Rackemup Tigerpie, was narrowly beaten in his heat, but the run was monstrous after sitting parked in blazing times when main danger Higherthananeagle overraced badly in front and dropped out to run last. A superb Kerryn Manning drive gave Three Summas the right trip to snatch a half-head win over Rackemup Tigerpie in a slick 1min55.8sec mile rate for the 2200m. _____________________________________________________________________________ EMMA Stewart’s dominance extended beyond her amazing Vicbred series deeds last week. Stewart stole the show at Victoria’s headquarters, Melton, last night (Saturday) with three wins, including the mare’s feature, the Group 3 Richmond Lass with the outstanding Tell Me Tales in a blistering 1min51.9sec mile rate for 1720m. She also won the fast-class race with recent stable addition Code Black, while another of her team, the lightly-raced Phoenix Prince, was one of the best wins of the night in a 1min52.1sec mile rate for 1720m. Throw into the mix Stewart’s three year-old Hardhitter winning a Breeders Challenge semi at Menangle and it’s surely the best week the stable has had for quantity of wins that matter. _____________________________________________________________________________ VETERAN WA horseman Colin Brown has been best known for his driving success, but he had a night to treasure as trainer at Gloucester Park last Friday. Brown’s two young stable stars – Patrickthepiranha and Typhoon Tiff – won their respective $100,000 Group 1 Westbred finals. Patrickthepiranha was first-out and he used gate three to lead for driver Dylan Egerton-Green and toy with his rivals for a nine-metre win in a 1min55.4sec mile rate for 2130m. Bettors Delight filly Typhoon Tiff also drew well and led, but Brown took the reins himself for a soft 5.1m win in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2130m.   Adam Hamilton

Cobbity Trainer, Craig Cross, believes the Kylie Rasmussen trained and driven Smart As Camm Be has Saturday’s $21,000 Redcliffe Oaks for 3yo pacing fillies at her mercy. “She’s a very smart horse, and not the current Queensland 2yo Pacing Filly-of-the-Year for nothing. She has almost colt-like features. In fact I’d rate her the second best pacer in Queensland behind Colt Thirty One. It’s hard to see her losing. “Of course I’d like to win and anything can happen in horse racing, but someone has got to run second and I don’t mind being runner-up to a good one,” Cross said. Those comments were made in spite of Cross’s pacer, Senora Rapido, having won four of his five New South Wales starts since relocating from New Zealand in March. The Art Major filly has also drawn one inside Smart As Camm Be (5). “Kylie knows how to win Oaks races and also knows Redcliffe very well. Smart As Camm Be has also won 11 races. We will know we’ve been in a race. Chris (Geary) is driving my filly for the first time,” Cross said. “She is very capable and can get some of this, if not the Queensland Derby as well,” the 56-year-old added. Cross is no stranger coming to Queensland and taking home the spoils, but is yet to win a Redcliffe Oaks. The last two years he’s nailed the QBRED Triad 2&3-year-old Group events with First String. “Luke McCarthy drove First String to win his latest TRIAD at Albion Park in April. He’s driving him again at Menangle on Saturday in the NSW Breeders Challenge semi Final. “He (First String) might join some of my team here later in the Winter. Queenslander, Joe Taaffe is bringing Senora Rapido to Stephen Cini and Cristina Monte’s Alberton barn today (Thursday),” said Cross, who works a team of 35 in NSW. He said Senora Rapido had the breeding to make a nice pacer. “She is out of a Presidential Ball mare (Eyre To The Throne) who won three of her five starts and left a good Mach Three filly, who won a lot of races.” That filly was Senora Rapido’s older half-sister, Kate’s First, who was a Group Two winner, who won 21 of her 60 starts ($341,723), and also paced a 1:50.3 mile. Senora Rapido’s quickest mile rate to date came when wining at Penrith on May 2 in 1:56.5. That’s 0.9 of a second slower that what Smart As Camm Be recorded in her 2yo TRIAD final last July. That was Smart As Camm Be’s last race as a 2-year-old. Since then she has won five of her eight starts this season. Up until her last start seventh n the Victoria Oaks Smart As Camm Be had won her last six races in a row. And the gifted daughter of Cammibest signaled a big warning to her 10 Redcliffe Oaks opponents at the Albion Park Trials on Tuesday when recording her fastest ever mile rate. Rasmussen drove her to a head victory over Lincolns Girl, pacing the 1,660m mobile in 1:58.3 with a 1:54.7 mile rate. Her sectionals were 28.5, and 29.8, 28.7, and 27.8. Australia’s top trainer, Grant Dixon, must also be taken seriously in Saturday’s 2,040m mobile. The Tamborine horseman has three in the Oaks. They are the Dixon drive last start winner, For All We Know (1), the ultra-consistent Adam Sanderson drive Eternal Promise (2); and the Paul Diebert driven Ark Me (8), who follows out Eternal Promise.   Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

A two-year-old girl is fighting for life in hospital after a freak accident at the Redcliffe Paceway north of Brisbane last night. The girl's parents and her one-year-old sister were also injured when a metal boom gate at the start line of a harness race failed to retract and struck them. Sergeant Greg Price said it was a very distressing scene for everyone involved. "It was witnessed by numerous people here and they're all being dealt with," Sergeant Price said. "It's a tragedy when you see the injuries to a young child, two-and-a-half years old. The family from Kensington Grove in the Lockyer Valley remain in hospital this morning, with the two-year-old girl being treated for critical facial and abdominal injuries. The race meet was immediately called off after the incident, just before the third race at about 7pm. James Thompson from the Queensland Ambulance Service said two critical care paramedics and the high acuity response team were all at the scene. "It was fairly chaotic at first but we soon managed the scene quite professionally," he said. Sergeant Greg Price said those in the racing community were being offered counselling, as well as the driver involved in the malfunction. "He's very stressed over the incident at the moment … he's being cared for by family members and also members of the racing community here," he said. The Redcliffe Harness Racing Club posted to its page on Facebook saying: "Our thoughts and love [are] with those injured in the mobile incident." "Thanks to everyone who helped so quickly," the post said. Police said the track had been declared a crime scene with workplace health and safety officers also investigating.   by Brittney Kleyn Reprinted with permission from ABC news

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