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Group 2 Sunshine Sprint winner Tact Tate has drawn barrier six for Saturday’s $200,000 Group 1 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park. The barriers were drawn at a function hosted by the Albion Park Harness Racing Club tonight in Brisbane, which can be viewed at the UBET, Racing Queensland or Puntersland Facebook pages. UBET installed Atomic Red as the $3.20 favourite after drawing barrier 4, with Tact Tate ($4.80) and Let It Ride ($7.50) holding down the second and third lines of betting. In what is the flagship race meeting of the 2018 UBET Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival, Albion Park will host three Group 1 races among six black-type events on Saturday night. The meeting also acts as a final chance for participants to share in $120,000 in UBET Grand Slam bonuses, with the connections of Tact Tate in line to earn $50,000 if the gelding can complete the Sunshine Sprint/Blacks A Fake double. Racing Queensland Harness Manager David Brick said the bonuses had helped attract some of Australia’s best horses and participants, leading to heightened interest from punters nationwide. “Punters have responded to the quality racing on offer, with Racing Queensland recording wagering growth of close to 20% for the carnival to date,” Mr Brick said. “With enhanced promotions via social and traditional media platforms in the lead-up to this weekend’s $500,000 race night, Racing Queensland will aim for that trend to continue.” Horse Barrier UBET Odds Alleluia 1 $26 Atomic Red 4 $3.20 Bodhi Tree 2 $101 Carlas Pixel 13 $8 Celestial Arden NZ 7 $34 Cruz Bromac NZ 10 $8 Glenferrie Hood NZ 5 $71 Hughie Green NZ (Emergency) 8 $51 Let It Ride NZ 3 $7.50 My Field Marshal NZ 11 $8 Ohoka Punter NZ 12 $12 Tact Tate NZ 6 $4.80 Ultimate Art 9 $12 2018 UBET Blacks A Fake Night – Albion Park – Saturday 21 July 2018   $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake (Group 1)   $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Fillies (Group 1)   $100,000 QBRED Triad 2YO Colts + Geldings (Group 1)   $75,000 Queensland Derby (Group 2)   $30,000 Four-year-old Championship (Group 2)   $20,000 Trotters Marathon (Group 3)   $20,000 Drivers Invitation Race   About the $120,000 UBET Grand Slam Bonuses   UBET’s generous sponsorship of the 2018 Queensland Winter Harness Racing Carnival has allowed Racing Queensland to offer up to $120,000 in bonuses, including:   $50,000 UBET Grand Slam Bonus  - Offered to the connections of any horses that can win both the Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint (July 14) and the UBET Blacks A Fake (July 21).   $15,000 UBET Slam Bonus – Available to the connections of any horse that can place in both the Blacks A Fake and Sunshine Sprint, or, win one and place in the other.   $20,000 Trainers’ Slam Bonus – Available to any trainer who wins two or more of the following feature races:   Queensland Derby UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Oaks Queensland Trotters Cup   Racing Queensland

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to another strong 10 race program this Saturday night. Gambling giant UBET are offering several jackpots throughout the program including a guaranteed $50,000 First 4 pool on the opening race plus a $10,000 jackpot. And the opening race has attracted an even field of 10 pacers with several in-form runners set to contest the UBET Pace over the 1660m. Included amongst the field is a trio of last start winners – Withalotofluck, Bettabe Perfect and Outlaw Fella who all proved successful last weekend. And all three were very impressive in their own right while posting fast times and should prove very competitive once again. In-form runners Written In Red and The Bettormack will command plenty of attention given their recent efforts but both need a slice of luck given their tricky draws. Others to consider include Montana Falcon, Sweet As Candy, Machvicar and Countdown. The $15,540 Kevin & Kay Seymour Rising Stars Championship also looks an extremely open affair following the barrier draw. Heat winners on Tuesday were the Mark Dux trained duo of Oasis Dream and Key Largo while others to be considered include Heavens Hint, Smiling Armada, The Next Star, Subtle Delight, Our Wall Street Wolf, Parisian Rockstar, Private Bronski and Regal Nightshade. The Rising Stars Finals is listed as race 2 on the card – the opening leg of the UBET Quadrella. A Quadrella jackpot of $10,000 is also slated; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. Another highlight is the UBET – Cash Out Open Pace which features the return to Brisbane racing of popular pacer Ultimate Art who has rejoined the stables of Shannon Price and Scott Miller. Last year he strung together eight consecutive Albion Park victories. Ultimate Art will start from gate four and key rivals include Major Cam, Alleluia and Majestic Major. UBET have also slated $1000 jackpot First 4 pools on races 3 through to 10. Check out Racing Queensland form analyst Darren Clayton’s thoughts on the meeting http://www.harness.org.au/punters-corner-details.cfm?keyNum=177434 The first of 10 races is scheduled to start at 5.06pm Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at www.aphrc.com.au or simply drop an email info@aphrc.com.au

The final night of the 2017 Brisbane winter carnival takes place this weekend. And the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a sensational ten race program this Saturday night. Feature events include the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship, Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Finals and the Gr.2 $75,000 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby while the support program also boasts strong depth. But the focus will be squarely on the Blacks A Fake, the final leg of the 2016/17 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season and it features an outstanding line-up. Former New Zealand star Tiger Tara is the punters elect after drawing favourably while the David Aiken duo of Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay will have plenty of support plus the likes of My Field Marshal, Major Crocker, Mr Mojito and Mach Doro among others will also create plenty of focus. The Blacks A Fake is listed as Race 8 on the program and carries a $10,000 First 4 jackpot. Gambling giant UBET are offering several jackpots throughout the program including a guaranteed $50,000 First 4 pool on the opening race plus a $10,000 jackpot. Sydney visitor Match Point faces a difficult draw (gate 7) but comes north with excellent recent form, leading reinsman Todd McCarthy will need to plot a course to overcome the draw but he will command plenty of focus from punters. The Bettors Delight gelding was resuming since March 17 when an excellent third behind his stablemate Tiger Tara at Menangle last week and natural improvement is expected. The $15,540 Kevin & Kay Seymour Rising Stars Championship also looks an extremely open affair following the barrier draw. Heat winners on Tuesday were Outlaw Fella and Chapter One while others to be considered include Sweet As Candy, regal Nightshade, Subtle Advice, Summertime Lizzie, The Charging Moa and Sicilian Slumber. The Rising Stars Finals is listed as race 2 on the card. A guaranteed Quadrella of $75,000 is also slated with a $20,000 jackpot component; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. UBET have also slated $1000 jackpot trifecta pools on races 3 through to 10.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a strong ten race program this Saturday night. And the opening race has attracted an even field of 11 pacers with several in-form runners set to contest the UBET for the Thrill of It Pace over the 2138m. Gambling giant UBET is offering a guaranteed $75,000 First 4 on the opening race, an event that should provide plenty of value. In-form pacer Fioki is chasing another victory following his excellent effort last week when a game runner-up behind Stormfortheboys in a mile rate of 1:53.1. Prepared by leading trainer Grant Dixon and driven by his wife Trista, Fioki will start from gate three, therefore providing plenty of options for early position. The stable is also represented by classy mare Joys A Babe (4) and Monarkmac (11). Following a Great Barrier Reef getaway this week, the Dixon stable will be keen to strike early on Saturday night. Top reinsman Shane Graham is booked to drive recent Albion Park winner Iamboogie who has drawn ideally with the inside gate. Triple Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova starts in race 6, the SKY Racing Pace for the open class performers and will run from gate seven, the outside of the front-line in the 2138m event. Many of the local open class performers are gearing up for the summer carnival features, running from November 26 through to December 17. And star trotter Our Overanova will appreciate the mobile conditions this week when he lines up in the final race, the Garrards Here on Track Trot over the 1660m. Our Overanova finished third behind Mr Mayfly last week after starting off a 60m handicap. The recently crowned Queensland Trotter of the Year is being readied for the Gr.2 $40,000 Darrell Alexander Memorial Championship next month. A guaranteed Quadrella pool of $20,000 is also programmed; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. Again, the quaddie legs look open with several even races assembled meaning punters will get great value. UBET also have a $10,000 guaranteed trifecta pool slated for race three. Check out Racing Queensland form analyst Darren Clayton’s thoughts on the program http://www.harness.org.au/punters-corner-details.cfm?keyNum=139640 The first of 9 races is scheduled to start at 5.13pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at www.aphrc.com.au or simply drop an email info@aphrc.com.au Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 19 November 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 19 November 2016

Once again, the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a strong ten race program this Saturday night. And again punters have the chance to win big with gambling giant UBET offering a huge $100,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on the opening race. A jackpot component of $25,000 is also programmed for the opening race. And the timing couldn’t be better with Melbourne Cup day just around the corner, here’s a perfect opportunity to line your pockets a bit deeper in readiness for the great race. The UBET the New TAB Pace will be staged over the sprint distance of 1660m and features several in-form pacers while a handful of classy types return from brief let-ups. The start is crucial and under the mobile conditions, the ideally drawn Mind The Wire will command plenty of respect from the stables of leading trainer Vicki Rasmussen after performing well in recent starts. Star reinsman Shane Graham had the choice of a number of runners but his given punters an early with his preference with Mind The Wire and the favourable draw. An interesting player in the opener is the richly talented Caesars Folly who resumes since June 4 this year when a close-up 5th behind star performers Ohoka Punter and Avonnova. Prepared in partnership by Shannon Price and Scott Miller, the 27 times Albion Park winner has drawn directly behind Mind The Wire. Others to consider include Buy Chevron Direct, Munroe, The Pacman, Birdy Mach, Jackaroo Bromac and Broadway Playboy among others. Later in the program, the Price/Miller combination also produces quality mares Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial in the Seymour Group Mares Pace over the distance of 1660m. Both mares haven’t started since May 28 when Bettorthanspecial downed Mathilda Diventa and Bettor Promise in the Gr.2 QBRED Triad Final but both have trialed stylishly in preparation for the return. A guaranteed $20,000 Quadrella pool is also slated; the quaddie will be staged on races 2, 3, 4 & 5. Most legs of the quaddie appear open and loaded with chances which could easily provide value for punters. Last week, the UBET quaddie dividend paid a whopping $16,330.20. UBET are also offering a guaranteed $10,000 trifecta pool on the third race. Check out Racing Queensland form analyst Darren Clayton’s thoughts on the program http://www.harness.org.au/punters-corner-details.cfm?keyNum=136888 The first of 10 races is scheduled to start at 5.15pm. Contact the club on (07) 3262 2577 or via the website at www.aphrc.com.au or simply drop an email info@aphrc.com.au Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 29 October 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 29 October 2016

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 talented open class performer that will take on the best in the free-for-all features during the carnival. Name: Glenferrie Hood Stable Name: Hoody Age: 6yo gelding Owner: Daniel, Sam & Patrick Mustica, Robert & Greg Dick, Kevin Strahan, Dean Cheney, Rob Chivilo & Joe Zlaman Trainer: Vicki Rasmussen Driver: Pete McMullen Prizemoney: $223,270 Biggest win: Gr.3 Wondais Mate & Gr.3 Terang Cup Target: UBET Picket Fence Challenge – Gr.2 $50k Sunshine Sprint & Gr.1 $200k Blacks A Fake Trainer says: “A real surprise packet for the stable! Originally the main focus was going to be the Redcliffe Cup and we’ll probably still head that way but his improvement has been very impressive since arriving and his recent victory in the Wondais Mate didn’t completely shock us. The Sunshine Sprint and Blacks A Fake are his immediate targets so that will an even bigger test but so far, so good for this big horse.” Barsby says: “I didn’t expect to see him come off the back of a horse like Christen Me and run him down like he did the other night but full marks to him, the winning effort was quite impressive when you break it down. It will only get tougher from here but the guaranteed speed in these upcoming features will suit him, if he lands a good draw in any of those races, he won’t be far away. He’s thriving in the sunshine state!”

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness 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 Group 1 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 talented three-year-old from south of the border that’s eyeing Derby success on July 16. Name: Match In Heaven Stable Name: Sparky Age: 3yo colt Owner: John Starr Trainer: Paul Fitzpatrick Driver: Blake Fitzpatrick Prizemoney: $91,034 Biggest win: 2016 Young Derby Target: Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Derby (July 16) Trainer says: “We’ve always liked him and hold him in high regard, from day one he’s shown natural ability and he’s building a nice record and we feel he will keep improving and make a nice older horse over time. He’s got good smarts about him and he’s very quick, his point to point speed is his biggest asset. Hopefully we can have some luck in the Queensland Derby because he’ll prove very competitive in any race he contests.” Barsby says: “A really nice pacer that’s been well looked after and managed throughout his career to date. He showed his class when he chased home Our Waikiki Beach last season in the Breeders Challenge when he was still quite raw and inexperienced. Possesses great speed and will prove very hard to beat if given any luck, the Queensland Derby looks an ideal target.”

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness 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 an up and coming open class talent, a real star in the making and a horse that has many people excited. Name: Hectorjayjay Stable Name: Hector Age: 5yo gelding Owner: Matt McLellan, Earl Sakareassen, Mick Harvey, Jane Hughes, Luke & Paul Stokie, Gareth Hall Trainer: David Aiken Driver: Gavin Lang Prizemoney: $355,832 Biggest win: 4 & 5yo Championship, Mildura Cup, 4yo Breeders Crown, Warragul Cup Target: Gr.2 $50,000 Sunshine Sprint (July 9) & the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake (July 16) Trainer says: “A recent addition to the stables but a pacer with enormous talent and abundant speed. While a great foundation has already been laid, we’re still sorting him and getting to know him but we’re very happy with the job he’s done for us so far and the best is yet to come. The Queensland carnival provides a perfect springboard into the elite races and the Inter Dominion later this year is the long range target so we’ll learn a lot more about him in Brisbane.” Barsby says: “A pacer with unbelievable ability and speed that can torch his rivals in an instant. He’s destined for the very top and it’s just a matter of when, not if, so the Queensland carnival will see him pitted against some proven Grand Circuit like opposition and he will thrive on the hard style racing that Brisbane is renowned for in the coming weeks. Over the years, the Queensland winter carnival has nurtured some great pacers and Hector is about to join that famous list.”

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness 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 an up and coming three-year-old colt that is being aimed at the Queensland Derby next month. Name: Brallos Pass Stable Name: Frankie Age: 3yo colt Owner: Neil & Mal Lennie Trainer: Mark Watson Driver: Nathan Jack Prizemoney: $120,432 Biggest win: South Australia Derby Target: Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Derby (July 16) Trainer says: “He’s a high quality colt with great potential, from the very beginning of his career he displayed natural ability and he’s been a pleasure to train. His speed is his biggest asset, whether he’s in front or sitting with cover he can be lethal and he’s still improving in that respect. His form this season has been outstanding and with a bit more luck, things could be a little different. He’s proven he’s up with the best going around.” Barsby says: “An impressive performer with an impressive record, dominated in the SA Derby while performing at a very high level in both the Victoria and New South Wales Derby series, barrier draws haven’t been all that kind either. His stylish looks are matched by his brilliant turn of foot, can really rip a good quarter. Performing well in the Vicbred series and he’ll carry plenty of support in the Queensland Derby.”

Dual Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova will go head-to-head with rising star Ultimate Art in Saturday night's Group 3 Lucky Creed Open Pace (2680m) at Albion Park as both horses kick-off their tilt at the rich UBET Picket Fence Bonus. Seasoned campaigner Avonnova heads into the race following a tight second to Ohoka Punter at Albion Park earlier this month, while six-year-old Ultimate Art already has a growing "Picket Fence" of his own having won eight straight races in recent months. Both horses will be searching for their first official "Picket" towards the $50,000 bonus for open class horses that culminates on Blacks A Fake race night on Saturday, July 16. UBET has installed Ultimate Art as a short-priced $1.35 favourite as he looks to make it nine straight wins on Saturday night while Avonnova is second favourite at $4.50. Trainer Ian Gurney said he was happy with Avonnova's form leading into the race and isn't concerned by his short-priced rival Ultimate Art. "He's good, he's probably 95 per cent at the moment, and by the time the Blacks A Fake night comes 'round he'll be perfect," said Gurney. "He'll go well Saturday night but the best is yet to come." The introduction of the UBET Picket Fence Bonus for this year's Queensland Winter Racing Carnival is an initiative Gurney sees as a big positive for harness racing in Queensland. "It's good, it's the first time I've seen this level of involvement in harness and it's a breath of fresh air," he said. "In three to four years I think Queensland harness racing could be at the top of the tree, trotting people are resilient and they stick together." The concept has attracted a strong field of horses from interstate and New Zealand to take on Queensland's best and Gurney said he was intent on fending off the challenge from the likes of gun Kiwi Christen Me, who arrives in Queensland on Friday. "I'm married to a Kiwi, so I hate giving them my money," Gurney joked. The winner of the Lucky Creed Open Pace will be exempt from the ballot for the UBET Blacks A Fake (G1, $200,000) on July 16. The Group 2 QBred Breeders Classic Finals for two-year-old colts/geldings and fillies (1660m) will also be run at Albion Park this Saturday night, with a consolation race for each of the finals. Trainer Grant Dixon is well represented in the two-year-old fillies final with five entries in Comefeelthemagic, Bonnies A Beauty, Dalacos Empress, Bonnie Jujon and Eleniark. In the two-year-old colts/geldings final, Shannon Price has a two-pronged attacked with Statement Made and Bet Im Special, and is also well represented with Ultimate Art in the Lucky Creed Open Pace. The first night of the Picket Fence Bonus series gets underway from 5.08pm with an 11-race card. Adam Gardini 

Former New Zealand gelding Fcee is headed to Brisbane. With the UBET Winter Carnival starting on July 2 at Albion Park, harness racing trainer Amanda Turnbull  has penciled in the Listed $25,000 Gold Coast Derby followed by the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Derby with their emerging talent. Since arriving on Australian soil a few months ago, the Washington VC gelding remains unbeaten from four starts. Earlier today (Monday), Fcee led throughout in the St Johns Park Bowling Club Maltese Drivers Pace at Fairfield when handled by Mick Formosa. Fcee rated 1:59.2 for the 2113m mobile start event. “He was good again today and continues to head in the right direction and the Queensland campaign fits his schedule quite nicely so we’re prepared to give him a crack at some of the better races. We think he’s pretty handy and the trip away will tell us a lot more about him.” Turnbull said. The stable enjoyed a day out at Fairfield today after landing a one/two result in the main event, the Cabra-Vale Diggers J.D Watts Memorial with Oh Jonny Be Good defeating Betabcool in the 2533m standing start feature. Oh Jonny Be Good was handled by Nathan Jack. It was the final start on Australian soil for the Mach Three gelding after being sold to North American clients. Meanwhile, stable star Tact Tate has been sent to the spelling paddock following his victory in Saturday night’s Gr.3 $31,800 Crown Hotel Mount Eden Four-year-old Stakes at TABCORP Park, Menangle. The speedy pacer was being considered for the Brisbane winter carnival but has contracted a cold and will now have a break. Tact Tate has won 8 from 12 to date this season while amassing more than $150,000 in prizemoney. Chris Barsby

Star Canterbury harness racing pacer Christen Me flies out for his Queensland campaign tomorrow morning. The 7yo Christian Cullen gelding will land in Sydney before arriving in Brisbane on Friday, with his main goal being the Group 1 Blacks a Fake. …...................................................... Nathan Purdon has changed his plans with his stable star Ohoka Punter and will now head to Sydney for the Group 1 Len Smith Mile. Purdon will look to go to war against the two David Aiken runners Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay before returning to Queensland to battle Christen Me during the up and coming Queensland carnival. …................................................................................................................................... Tact Tate has picked up a cold and will now be been sent for a spell by trainer Amanda Turnbull following his victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday. The result means the 4yo McArdle gelding will not head to the Queensland Carnival. Turnbull will still have a star at the Carnival however with Fcee, who is unbeaten in 4 starts and will now head to the Group 1 Queensland Derby on July 16 at Albion Park. ….................................................................................................................................... While Canterbury trainers Terry and Glenys Chmiel are set to campaign their handy 3yo filly, Nek Time. The Gotta Go Cullect ran a solid 3rd at Alexandra Park last Friday, and convinced owners Robert and Sharyn Symon of Southland, that she was ready to take on the Queensland features. Leading New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn will fly over to drive the filly in the Gold Coast Oaks (July 2) and Queensland Oaks (July 9). Andrew Fitzgerald

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness 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 an up and coming three-year-old filly that looks certain to be a player in the Oaks features. Name: Im Wrongly Accused Stable Name: Lindy Age: 3yo filly Owner: Chris and Jeanette O’Connor Trainer: Matthew Craven Driver: Matthew Craven Prizemoney: $32,269 Biggest win: Heat of Victoria Oaks (April – Melton) Target: Gr.1 $75k Queensland Oaks (July 9) Trainer says: “A really nice filly with a good turn of speed, a little opportunistic but very capable given the right conditions. Her victory in the Victoria Oaks heat was excellent and clearly proved she’s amongst the better fillies in this country. The natural hard racing style of Brisbane will really suit her and the Queensland Oaks has been an obvious target since we purchased her from New Zealand earlier this year.” Barsby says: “A definite threat in the Oaks features during the carnival and with a young trainer/driver in a hurry and hungry for feature race success. Since crossing the Tasman her form has been very consistent and with a touch more luck, could’ve easily racked up a few more victories and wasn’t far from the winner in the Victoria Oaks final. Expect this filly to perform at a high standard.”

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness 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 pacer that is certain to attract plenty of interest and attention as he chases the state’s best races. Name: Christen Me Stable Name: CC Age: 7yo gelding Owner: Charles Roberts & Vicki Purdon Trainer: Cran Dalgety Driver: Dexter Dunn Prizemoney: $2,356,392 Biggest win: Gr.1 Miracle Mile, Gr.1 Hunter Cup, Gr.1 Victoria Cup, Gr.1 Chariots of Fire Target: UBET Picket Fence Challenge – Gr.2 $50k Sunshine Sprint and Gr.1 $200k Blacks A Fake Trainer says: “He’s an elite athlete, one of the very best in this part of the world and a pleasure to be part of his team. He’s always performed every time he’s raced in Australia previously and although we venture into unchartered waters with Brisbane this time around, I’m confident he can get the job done. Unfortunately, we’ve missed the bulk of the season owing to a few setbacks but the Queensland campaign fits his schedule perfectly so hopefully we can pick up some money and some warm weather next month.” Barsby says: “The star attraction of the 2016 Brisbane winter carnival, what a thrill to have a horse of this magnitude racing in our backyard and vying for the lucrative prizes on offer. It’s a formidable trio of outstanding horse, trainer and driver so expect plenty of support to head his way when his graces the track at Albion Park. His form since resuming has been very good and the Australian style of racing suits him ideally – get your backside trackside to witness this modern day great.”

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness 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 New Zealand bred pacer that has been transferred to an outstanding young horseman that now calls Queensland home. Name: My Mastercraftsman Stable Name: Master Age: 3yo gelding Owner: Trevor Casey Trainer: Adam Sanderson Driver: Adam Sanderson Prizemoney: $33,305 Biggest win: $19,500 C1/C2 at Alexandra Park, Auckland Target: $75,000 Queensland Derby (July 16) Trainer says: “He’s done some travelling in his short career to date but he looks like he’s still improving. He arrived in good order when he arrived at my stable and I’ve been extremely happy with the way he’s settled in and found his new routine, his attitude is fantastic. The main target comes up in mid-July and we’ll just ticking over and hopefully be spot-on for the Queensland Derby.” Barsby says: “Very typical being a son of super sire Bettors Delight who keep improving all the time and he clearly fits that bill of his sire. He went unraced as a two-year-old but his development this season has been excellent highlighted by a scorching 1:53.3 Newcastle recently while he was in total cruise control in his Albion Park debut. Deserves serious consideration in all of the classics he chases this winter campaign. Racing Queensland

Prepared by Chambers Flat horseman Ian Gurney, nine-year-old gelding Avonnova has been a star in the ‘Sunshine State’ for a number of seasons.   Performing well during the Inter Dominion Championship in Perth, Avonnova successfully qualified for the $1.3 million Inter Dominion Grand Final (2536m); he would run fourth behind Lennytheshark.   Avonnova has raced twice this campaign for a fifth and third placing, the latest when racing three back on the pegs before being held up at a crucial stage and charging strongly to the line to finish behind Ohoka Punter and Majestic Mach.   The son of Art Major will meet both of those horses again with Majestic Mach likely to set the pace from barrier one and Ohoka Punter drawn out in barrier six. Avonnova is drawn alongside Majestic Mach but Gurney doesn’t expect Grant Dixon’s six-year-old to relinquish the lead over the sprint journey.   “It is the first decent draw he has had in 15 months,” Gurney told harnessnews.com.au. “I will be looking to make good use of it, but he is likely to end up in the death (seat). “Majestic Mach is very quick out and I don’t know if he will hand up from the pole.”   Online bookmaker Sportsbet has installed Avonnova as the $2.05 favourite ahead of Ohoka Punter at $2.80 and Majestic Mach at $4.   Avonnova’s sole Group 1 victory came in the Sunshine Sprint (1660m) over course and distance in 2015 when leading throughout to defeat Smolda in a 1:51.3 mile rate.    He will defend his title in that race on July 9, it will be held as a Group 2 event this year, before competing in the Group 1 The Blacks A Fake (2680m) at the same track on July 16. “After this week I will just keep him ticking along and aim for the main races during the carnival,” Gurney said.  “At this stage I don’t think I will do any more travelling with him.” Gurney said that Avonnova would need to find his best form before considering any other interstate trips.    Ohoka Punter is now trained by Nathan Purdon in Queensland and will be on the same path as Avonnova during the carnival; they will be joined by Victorian rising star Hectorjayjay who will join Lennytheshark in Perth for the Inter Dominion later in the year.   Trent Orwin Re-published with permission from www.racingbase.com   

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