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Highly promising Changeover gelding Stinger Lindenny NZ posted his fourth harness racing win from his last five starts at Albion Park on Saturday night (April 10). The five-year-old led from go to whoa in 1:56.8 rate over 2138 metres with the last 800 in 57.2. Watch the race replay click here! On the same night the Changeover mare La Bella Vita NZ made it three wins from four starts this year when she won in 1:54.3 at Menangle. The three-year-old filly Foxy Rose (Northam), Aqua Cruiser (Redcliffe) and Whereyagoinbabe (Maitland) were other recent Australian winners sired by Changeover. In New Zealand, Changeover was represented by the ‘new’ winners Northview Peg (Invercargill) and Dalness First (Methven) and the Manawatu winner Ticking Over, while Franco Totem, a NZ bred gelding, won again at The Meadowlands, New Jersey in a slick 1:50.4. Changeover stands at the Burwood Stud, Pittsworth, Queensland, of the Denning family.   By Peter Wharton

It was the moment Tweed Heads trainer Shane Fraser stood up and thought “hell, we might have something nice here” with a brand new two-year-old. Against the older horses in a trial at Albion Park in early February of this year, Fraser’s newcomer, Bangkok Deejay, sat at the back of the field for much of the way over 1660-metre trip. It was just before the final turn where usual stable driver Kelli Dawson snuck around the small field and went bang down the outside to collect an eye-catching victory. After the Fraser and Dawson team claimed the Group 1 $100,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sales 2YO Series Final with Manila Playboy in June of last year, it looks as though they have another exciting youngster on their hands. Bangkok Deejay heads to the races for the first time on Saturday evening at Albion Park in the 2021 Changeover 2YO Classic. Bangkok Deejay and Manila Playboy are out of the same dam – Bangkok Dancer, with Saturday’s debutant costing just $6000 at the Redcliffe sales. According to Fraser, two-year-olds do not always show their potential and ability straight away, while Bangkok Deejay has displayed it from early on. “He has been a pretty easy horse, he is a natural athlete that has progressed lovely,” Fraser said. “We have just poked along with him, educated him and brought him along. “He surprised us with his first educate trial; he went nice, and then he came out in his first qualification trial against three and four-year-olds, he came from last at the top of the turn and went straight past them. “We thought 'hell, we might have something nice here'.” He would trial again after that, just over a month later, where Bangkok Deejay showed good early speed, leading for much of the way before being run down in the home straight by Dangerzone. All the trial form suggests he will be one to watch come Saturday evening. Fraser’s father, Ian - who trained some good horses a few decades ago - is one that Shane listens to for advice when preparing any of his horses, but specifically two-year-olds around breaking them in and getting them going. His advice is to not rush them, let the horse just show what they can do and ultimately keep them happy. With the ability he has shown so far, Fraser says he will look after the A Rocknroll Dance gelding to ensure he has a progressive horse into the future. Fraser breeds many of his own horses - including Manila Playboy and Bangkok Deejay - declaring Bangkok Dancer, who won 11 races, is becoming a great producer. Bangkok Dancer was nominated as one of three Queensland Broodmares of the Year at the 2020 TAB Queensland Harness Awards. He describes Manila Playboy as the “jewel of his stable”, who is on the way back soon for his three-year-old campaign. “He was a great two-year-old and hopefully he can go on with it as a three-year-old,” Fraser said. “It is a bit unreal because we are not used to having such good horses (laughs). “He will trial in mid-April and he work his way into the Triad later on, that is the direction we are heading with him.” Last year's Group 1 victory with Manila Playboy was the trainer and driver duo’s maiden triumph at that level. Manila Playboy has four wins on his resume from 10 starts, bringing in almost $90,000 in stakes. Based in northern NSW, Fraser had troubles working his horses over the past week following the heavy rain and floods. He will use Pottsville beach at times with some of his older horses, but not Bangkok Deejay just yet. “We cop the weather at times, we had this system and this weather come through last week and it has been pretty chaotic,” Fraser said. “On Sunday afternoon, the flat and the track went under water and we will have to fix it up again. “We had another flood last December and we fixed it up after that, so we are sort of used to it. “We usually have a flood every two-and-a-half to three years, but it is a bit unfortunate at the moment and we just have to pick ourselves up and keep going.” The first two-year-old race of the season - the 2021 Changeover 2YO Classic - will be one of nine races from Albion Park on Saturday night. The 2021 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale will be held at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon.   Jordan Gerrans

Queensland drivers have bettered their efforts from the 2020 Team Teal campaign with over $15,000 donated to raise funds for ovarian cancer research on Saturday night. Across six weeks in February and March each year, $200 was donated by Racing Queensland in conjunction with the Albion Park and Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs every time a Queensland reinswoman drove a winner in the Sunshine State. All reinswomen donned teal pants over the designated period to raise awareness and much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research to support the Research Nurse Grant Program and the Survivors Teaching Students education and prevention program. The Queensland-based drivers improved on their efforts from 12 months ago, with 76 winners saluting resulting in $15,200 being donated. That figure is $400 more than what was raised in 2020. A cheque for the $15,200 was presented to Jenny Stone, who was representing WomenCan, on Saturday evening at Albion Park. WomenCan fundraises for the Australia and New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group which is the leading clinical trials research organisation for gynaecological cancer in Australia and New Zealand. Narissa McMullen was the best performed driver over the six weeks, collecting 17 winners to take overall honours. McMullen edged out her fast-finishing sister Dannielle Veivers on 16 winners, with fellow sister and Team Teal ambassador Taleah McMullen finishing third with 14. Chloe Butler, who was also an ambassador this year, was also able to go into double figures with 12 winners over the period. In total, 11 different drivers picked up winners that contributed to the total. The February 20 meeting proved to be the most prolific for the initiative, with six going past the post first, four going the way of Narissa McMullen in an impressive display. On that one night alone, $1,200 was raised. In the Team Teal Female Driver Invitation pace from Albion Park on Saturday evening, Onya Doug finished down the outside to get up at massive odds for Wayne Graham and driver Megan Gee. Racing Queensland’s Senior Racing Manager for Harness David Brick said it was an honour for the state body to be involved in the successful Team Teal campaign in recent years. “Two out of three women die from ovarian cancer and as Racing Queensland, we are delighted to be associated with such a great cause," Brick said. “I have to thank to Albion Park, Redcliffe and the Mini Trot Clubs that were able make this happen. “Thanks also to Jenny and WomenCan, we were proud to have you on-course to collect the cheque. “It is excellent that we were able to raise more than 2020 and hopefully we can go bigger again next year.” The Team Teal campaign was created by Duncan McPherson OAM, who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010. Click here for more information on the Team Teal campaign.   Jordan Gerrans

Catch up on the week’s harness racing action in our weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton. THE GOOD Officially taking place over three consecutive Saturday nights, Group racing at Albion Park as a part of the Queensland Summer Carnival concluded on Saturday night with victory to Frontliner. A total of 30 races were decided across the three feature nights, with the starting favourite winning on thirteen occasions. The shortest priced winner of the Carnival was Franco Hampton when successful in the No Band Final at a $1.22 quote. On the flipside, the longest priced winner was Petite Paree, successful on the opening evening and Riverleigh Rocket on the second night, both saluting at $34. The average starting price for the winner was $6.83. The leading trainer for the Carnival was the New South Wales visitor Craig Cross, preparing eight winners - four on the second and four on the third night. Leading the charge was King Of Swing in the Blacks A Fake, who was ably assisted by other Group winners Balraj (4YO Championship), Arnold (Trotters Sprint), No Win No Feed (Forever Gold) and Cruz (Queensland Cup). Over the three weeks, the leading driver was Pete McMullen, who tasted victory on all three nights for a total of six winners. Group victory came in the Darrell Alexander Memorial (Majestic Simon), while the personal highlight was the win of Will The Wizard in the JC McMullen. Three drivers finished the Carnival with four wins a-piece; Shane Graham missed on night two but doubles at each of the other two aided his cause. Meanwhile, Leonard Cain and Luke McCarthy were the beneficiaries of the quartet of wins on each night for Craig Cross; Leonard partnering all four winners on two weeks ago and Luke all four at the weekend. Of the equine stars, three horses were able to win twice across the three meetings, with just one claiming a pair of Group wins. The opening night saw Governor Jujon successful in the QBRED For Life, and one week later he backed that up with victory in the 3YO Colts & Geldings Classic, both races at Group 3 level. Chevrons Reward claimed the Listed Queen of the Creek on the opening night, and the Band 5 Pace on the closing evening. Will The Wizard backed up his success in the JC McMullen when securing a strong all the way win at the weekend in the Ultimate Tools 3YO Pace. After a successful revamped Summer Carnival, it is likely that we only have seven months to wait for the next edition of the Blacks A Fake as it returns to the Winter timeslot. Click here to view all the action from Albion Park on November 28 Click here to view all the action from Albion Park on December 5 Click here to view all the action from Albion Park on December 12   THE BAD The weather Gods were not friendly for the biggest night of the Carnival, with all ten races run in wet and muddy conditions. Putting a dampener both literally and figuratively on the evening, in a year where seemingly everything has not gone to plan, it was a disappointing outcome. Some things cannot be controlled, the weather being one of those and while the skies opened, the track held up to the downpours. The track staff need to be complimented on delivering a race surface where all horses seemingly had their chance in the running, with leaders and off-pace runners successful throughout the night. The popular jockeys and drivers’ races were still able to be completed as well, with leading hoop Baylee Nothdurft claiming the final race over Georgina Cartwright. Last season’s leading jockey in Queensland, Nothdurft donated the $1,000 winner’s cheque to his chosen charity - Beyond Blue. The last race on the card was also robbed of some lustre when the Chantal Turpin-trained pair of Big Wheels and Dance In The Sun were scratched. Having won each of the previous two weeks’ two-year-old events, Frontliner was able to arrive in the last stride to defeat Manila Playboy. Overall, the on-track action of the revamped Summer Carnival was a success.   THE MILESTONE Despite reaching 65, retirement is a long way off for Luke McCarthy who has won nearly every big race there is to win in Australia. Of course, Luke is not of retirement age, but King Of Swing’s victory on Saturday took McCarthy’s tally of Group 1 victories to 65. Since claiming the 2004 Queensland Pacers Derby with Slipnslide, very few races at the elite level have eluded the talented reinsman. Saturday’s victory was his second under the current race name, and his first since the Blacks A Fake became a Grand Circuit event in 2017. The predecessor of the Blacks A Fake was the Queensland Pacing Championship, a race that McCarthy claimed for the first time in 2004 behind Cobbity Classic, and has claimed on a further six occasions. Now based in New South Wales, it has been a long journey since scoring his first ever race victory aboard Castle Belles at Redcliffe back in March 1999. With a fondness for The Creek, that was never more evident than Saturday where McCarthy landed a quartet of winners, with all four prepared by Craig Cross. McCarthy fired a warning shot to his rivals in the opening race, when summing up the situation perfectly, he took off mid-race with Lets Katchmeifucan to find the front. Catching his opponents off-guard in the move, he was then able to hold on to claim victory. The win of Arnold in the Trotters Sprint added a Group 2 victory to his overall tally of 2,670 career wins. Franco Hampton was the third of McCarthy’s four wins before the night was capped by King Of Swing who dominated his rivals in the easiest of victories. A successful homecoming for Luke was rounded out by his 22nd Group 1 victory at The Creek.   THE WILDCARD Owner Jeroen Nieuwenberg is no stranger to feature race success, however claiming the Group 2 Trotters Sprint on Saturday night with Arnold could possibly rank right up there. The satisfaction factor would certainly be up there as Arnold has always shown immense ability countered by issues and manners that have hampered his progression. Purchasing Arnold from the south Island of New Zealand, the gelded son of Muscle Mass arrived in Australia as a four-time winner. Stepping out in Brisbane for the first time after crossing the Tasman on December 8 2018, Arnold finished with second placing in a run that defied belief. Bombing the start, he was tailed off and for most of the race was not even in the video picture. Making a closing charge from the 400m after chasing the field, somehow, the gelding was able to finish as the runner-up with Chris Barsby’s call summing up the situation when he exclaimed “Oh. My. God.” Arnold would not start again until May of 2019 when returning and making another error. With just three starts in that campaign, he was again sent to the paddock. Returning in February 2020, he raced on two occasions for trainer Brad Connelly, but with Brad stepping away from training, was transferred to Nathan Dawson. April 9 2020, Arnold scored his first Australian victory when overcoming a 50-metre handicap and seemingly trotting much cleaner than his previous six starts to win a mid-week event at Albion Park. Placing at his next three in succession before recording another victory, Arnold was then up to his old tricks when making errors at his next two starts. That signalled a change, and Nieuwenberg opted to send the six-year-old to the all-conquering Craig Cross stable in New South Wales. Always showing the talent, Cross has been able to get Arnold trotting cleanly and soon claimed three successive victories. That paved the way for a return to Brisbane and tackling the newly established Group 2 Trotters Sprint, Arnold with Luke McCarthy in the bike proved superior to their rivals. Leading throughout in a 1.55.8 mile-rate, it was two years and four days since that first appearance at The Creek when he somehow finished second. Arnold has arrived and with his abilities unlocked, the future looks bright.   THIS WEEK The Albion Park portion of the Sumer Carnival has concluded, however a full week of harness action in Queensland starts Monday. For seven straight days, there will be race meetings across the South-East, starting with a Monday night meeting from Redcliffe. The Peninsula Club will host the regular Wednesday and Thursday meetings to complement the Monday addition. Marburg will close the week with a Sunday afternoon meeting, where heats of the always popular Marburg to Albion Series will be conducted. Albion Park joins the action via the Tuesday afternoon fixture and weekend racing on Friday and Saturday nights. The Saturday night card includes the Christmas Cup for Open Class pacers over 2,680 metres and the Trotters Christmas Cup - a discretionary handicap over 2,647 metres.   Darren Clayton. for Racing Queensland

Can Cruz overthrow Colt Thirty One? The co-owner of the Albion Park track record (1:50.4 with Im Themightyquinn) returns to the Sunshine State in readiness for Saturday night’s Gr.2 $50,660 Badcock Group of Companies Queensland Cup, the main event on the second night of the summer carnival. Prepared by leading Sydney trainer Craig Cross and to be driven by Brisbane born reinsman Leonard Cain, Cruz struck an early advantage after landing gate three while Colt Thirty One must overcome gate six in the 2138m mobile start feature. Back during the winter carnival in July, the two quality pacers staged some epic battles, but Cruz won both encounters after leading and winning in both the Wondais Mate and Mr Feelgood Open events. But plenty has changed since then. Cruz has won two of his five starts since while Colt Thirty One has won eight of his past nine including last week’s thumping victory in the Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprint in 1:51.9. Queensland’s pin-up pacer sat parked outside race favourite Turn It Up before asserting his authority in the latter stages. Can he sit parked this week and do it again or will the Sydney speedster prove his nemesis? “We’ve got so much respect for Colt Thirty One but we know our guy is capable of beating him and we’re going there to win again this weekend. It’s going to be a great race but we’ll be looking for the early advantage so we’ll see if he can catch us.” Cain said. Cruz has been unplaced in both runs backs this campaign but has been freshened since his latest effort when fourth behind Out To Play in the Gr.3 $30,000 Popular Alm FFA at TABCORP Park, Melton on October 10. That followed his effort in the Gr.2 $50,000 Smoken Up Sprint a week earlier when eighth behind Rishi in 1:50.2. Cruz is raced by Victorian based Luke Tabone. Boasting five wins from eight starts at Albion Park, Cain is confident he’s back near his best form like he displayed during the winter. “He hasn’t trialed since his latest run but his work at home with Craig and Luke (McCarthy) has been really impressive so we’re all confident. “I watched Colt Thirty One from Menangle last week and he was absolutely super, he’s full of confidence and very fit but he’s likely to have another tough run again because of his draw. “Cruz goes best in front and he proved that during the winter campaign, I think we can lead from our good draw. This race has been on the radar for some time, the borders have reopened and we’re ready to go.” TAB market framers have installed the local star favourite at $1.95 while Cruz is assessed as a $5 chance. Colt Thirty One is chasing back to back victories in the Queensland Cup following his brilliant victory last year, a week after returning from his luckless Auckland Inter Dominion series. The Cross/Cain combination will combine with another key runner at Albion Park this weekend, they have Balraj making his Brisbane debut in the Gr.3 $30,770 Ted and Edna Badcock Memorial 4yo Championship. The Art Major gelding has won 12 of his 22 starts to date including two from five since being under the care of Cross. Balraj failed in the Gr.1 Victoria Cup two starts ago (8th behind Lochinvar Art) before returning to Sydney at his most recent start where he ran a stylish second behind his stablemate King Of Swing on November 21. Cain is yet to drive Balraj under race conditions. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity, he’s a really nice horse and I know Luke has plenty of time for him so I’m hoping I can get the job done. “I’ve driven him in trackwork a few times to familiarize myself and he gives you a nice feel, some changes have been made so I think he’ll prove hard to beat.” Balraj has been listed as the $1.50 favourite with TAB while the only other runner in the mix is the locally trained L L Cool J at $2.80. Prepared by Nathan Dawson, the son of A Rocknroll Dance has won all three starts since arriving in Brisbane and looked super sharp last week in a time of 1:54.6 for the 2138m event. L L Cool J has drawn gate four with Balraj on his immediate outside.   Chris Barsby

The 2020 Albion Park Harness Racing Club Summer Carnival is officially off to a flying start. The metropolitan club hosted a 10-race program which included seven feature events and the action was fast and furious. Under clear skies with a warm temperature, punters were treated to a great night’s entertainment, both on and off track including four lucky fans who each collected $5000 cash courtesy of the very generous support from major sponsor, Garrards Horse & Hound. The Gr.2 $30,880 Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship Final was taken out by classy performer Majestic Simon following his brilliant beginning from his 10m handicap in the 2647m stand-start feature. Prepared by Chantal Turpin and handled by her husband, Pete McMullen, the five-year-old completed the rare double of the Jim McNeil/DJA features in the same calendar year. Raced by Pam Hopper and Ross Patrick, the Majestic Son gelding has now won 12 races with earnings edging closer to $100,000. The main pacing event, the Gr.3 $30,660 Garrards Be Good Johnny Sprint was taken out by crowd favourite Colt Thirty One after sitting outside punters elect Turn It Up in the 1660m mobile start feature in a time of 1:51.9. Trained and driven by leading horseman Grant Dixon, Colt Thirty One proved too strong for One Change and Turn It Up in a thrilling finish. The Mach Three entire has won his past six starts and looks on target to defend his crown in the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake on Saturday week. Raced by his breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour, his earnings are getting closer to $1 million. Colt Thirty One has now won 46 races with 41 of those coming via Albion Park. The Gr.3 $30,660 Garrards QBRED For Life 3yo Features were taken out by Governor Jujon (Colts & Geldings) and Torque Onetwothree (Fillies). Both winners were expertly handled by their respective reinsmen. Governor Jujon (by Cammibest) is prepared by Grant Dixon while Wayne and Shane Graham combined with Torque Onetwothree (by Hurrikane Kingcole). Both pacers are raced by long-time breeders and loyal owners, John Mammino and Ian Corazzol. The Listed $25,660 Changeover Queen of the Creek was won in brilliant style by Chevrons Reward who finished stoutly to beat Rubies For Tash and Fame Assured in a time of 1:52.8. Raced by Rob Jones, the Rocknroll Hanover mare is prepared by Charlie Cini and was handled by young Lachie Manzelmann. The $21,160 The Creek 2yo Feature, New Zealand bred filly Dance In The Sun scored a decisive victory easily defeating Jasper and Frontliner in a time of 1:55.9. The victory provided Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen with a double for the opening night of the carnival. Boasting three wins from four starts, the filly by A Rocknroll Dance looks set for a bright future. And in the $21,270 AQWA Constructions APHRC Members Cup, former Newcastle pacer Always A Secret finished best to beat Virgil and Having The Faith in the 2138m feature. Prepared by Cristina Monte and driven by Shane Graham, Always A Secret appreciated the solid speed throughout before racing clear from his rivals over the concluding stages. Throughout the evening, APHRC Chairman David Fowler awarded Chris Garrard with life membership of the club following years of loyal support and sponsorship. Congratulations CJ, thoroughly deserved. Next week, features include the Gr.2 $50,660 Badcock Group of Companies Queensland Cup, Gr.3 $30,660 Prydes Easifeed Forever Gold Mares, Gr.3 $30,770 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4yo Championship, $21,270 J.C McMullen, Listed $25,660 2yo Feature plus the Gr.3 AQWA Constructions $30,660 3yo Classics (Fillies plus Colts & Geldings). Fields for next week will be released Tuesday afternoon.  

The 2020 summer carnival at ‘The Creek’ (Albion Park Harness Racing Club) is just over a week away. Spanning a three week window, the metropolitan club will conduct a host of features spearheaded by the Grand Circuit event, the Gr.1 $175,660 TAB Blacks A Fake (2680m) which is scheduled for December 12. The carnival officially commences on Saturday week (November 28) before reaching its climax on Blacks A Fake racenight. And the stars are starting flex their muscles. The leading Sydney stables of Craig Cross are planning a raid on the Sunshine State with a party of richly talented pacers including current Grand Circuit leader King Of Swing. A winner of the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile earlier this year, the outstanding entire is being primed for the Blacks A Fake and will round off his preparation with a start at Menangle this weekend. The $1.4 million dollar earner will start in the Gr.3 Kevin Robinson Free-For-All and will start from the outside draw (gate 11) in the 2300m event with regular reinsman Luke McCarthy engaged to drive. Last month, King Of Swing was beaten in the Gr.1 Victoria Cup behind boom pacer Lochinvar Art at Melton before rebounding with a dominant victory at his home track in 1:49.6 two weeks ago. “We’re really happy with his current condition and everything is aiming towards the Blacks A Fake, this is a great lead-up event given that it’s over a distance similar to the Brisbane feature,” McCarthy said. “Craig is putting together a really solid team and we’re looking forward to being part of the carnival, we love getting back to Brisbane at every opportunity and this campaign fits in nicely. Everything is still being sorted with the Covid-19 protocols but hopefully everything will work out, we’re keen to get there.” He added. Classy mare Bettor Enforce is being strongly considered for the two mares features (Queen of the Creek & Forever Gold) following her stylish victory last weekend. Other likely members of the Queensland team includes Balraj and co-track record holder Cruz. Stable newcomer Star Galleria will miss the carnival after arriving last week from New Zealand. Previously prepared by Pukekohe horseman Steve Reid, the Art Major gelding will remain at the Cobbitty base and will be set for other events. Reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Colt Thirty One rounds off his summer carnival preparation when he contests the Remembering Gerry Neptune Open Pace over the 1660m this Saturday night. The Grant Dixon prepared star is chasing back to back victories in the Blacks A Fake following his triumph last year. Next week, the open class feature is the Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprint. This Saturday night, the club will host a superb 11 race card featuring a further three heats of the Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Series. First round heat winners included BD Khaosan, Gee Up Neddy and Our Overanova. The Gr.2 $30,770 Final will take place next week. For further information, contact the APHRC.   Chris Barsby

Albion Park’s Summer Carnival has been matched by unprecedented sponsorship levels. The three night Carnival embraces a wide array of feature races on November 28, December 5 and 12. The Garrards family has affirmed their long term association with the Albion Park club by securing the naming rights on the opening night. Yet this is only a small part of their generosity which club chairman David Fowler has described as “ a gesture above and beyond their finest contributions over many years”. Garrards has donated $20,000 to be distributed as cash prizes on the night. “It’s a case of Christmas coming early. Chris Garrard and his family know no bounds in their support of the industry,” Mr Fowler said. The $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprint is the racing feature that night. Long time member and former committeeman Neil Badcock perpetuates the memory of his parents Ted and Edna with his sponsorship of night two (December 5). “Neil’s on-going contribution to our club is not only exceedingly generous but gives us the chance to remember two people who loved their harness racing,” Mr Fowler said. The $50,660 Queensland Cup is the signature race on the second night of the Carnival. The club’s principal sponsor TAB again has the naming rights to the $175,660 Blacks A Fake, the state’s only Grand Circuit event, which is the Summer Carnival’s pinnacle on night three (December 12). “Our sponsorship family continues to grow as we welcome Designlife Graphics and are delighted to continue our association with Paul Galvin’s Aqwa Constructions,” Mr Fowler said. Both companies will play a role during the Summer Carnival. The Pacers and Chasers Restaurant is certain to be in strong demand on each night as will be the recently-opened “The Creek Bar” which is located adjacent to the home turn. The Creek Bar will be  exclusive to members and was opened this week in conjunction to the club rolling out its new membership program which becomes effective from January 1 but the several tiers of membership can be purchased now.

Catch up on the week’s harness racing action in our weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton. THE GOOD Young trainer and driver Lachie Manzelmann is on the rise, starting to make a splash after growing his training numbers in the past two months. Setting up in Redcliffe’s famous Knight Street adjacent to the track, Manzelmann can claim a training success at each of the main tracks in south-east Queensland – Albion Park, Redcliffe, and Marburg – over the last month. Kicking off the season primarily as a driver, it was a lean start in the bike, going winless for some months. Determination saw Lachie hit his straps in the second half of the year, closing out the season with 45 wins. Having first had success as a trainer back in December 2017 with Sicilian Slumber, it was not until earlier this season that the Manzelmann name was back in the fold as a trainer. That win was with the mare Dashing Hannah (pictured) in Heat 14 of the Trot Rods series – on the Final night – her second win of the series after claiming Heat 6 when prepared by Clint Petroff. With the team starting to take shape, success has flowed following the victory of Mizzz Adele back on August 13 when Manzelmann trained and drove the mare to success at her first start under his care. Since then, Lachie has triumphed with Mega Star, Bridget Blue Chip and Cannan, with his figures in the current term showing 7 wins and 6 placings from 32 starters. After spending time honing his craft with Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, Darrel Graham, and a period in Sydney with Team Tritton, Manzelmann is putting that knowledge into practice. The win at Marburg on Sunday with Cannan is a perfect example of his conditioning abilities. After Cannan finished mid-field at Albion Park on Saturday night in the final of the Marburg to Albion Series, the gelding was on the short back-up - less than 18 hours later at Marburg. Sent to the post as favourite to win the second heat of the Garrards Young Drivers Series, driver Jonah Hutchinson did not let punters down. Securing an easy lead from gate 1, the pair were able to dictate for the entirety of the trip to claim victory over a fast-finishing Bonnies Cam for driver Trent Lethaby. Cannan has been a ‘stable-hopper’ in his career, finding his way to Manzelmann after 74 career starts that have netted five victories. Ironically, Cannan was formerly prepared by Jonah Hutchinson who trained the gelding to a maiden-breaking win back in November 2019. With a pedigree to succeed, Lachie Manzelmann looks set to make his mark.   THE BAD The Queensland harness racing industry is mourning the loss of Russell Kajewski. A hobby trainer that entered the sport later in life, Kajewski was first licenced in 2009/10, with his maiden winner coming along in just his second season. That first winner was the mare Gypsy Island - an unfashionably bred mare by the unraced stallion Loverboy Gumnut - scoring at Toowoomba on November 26, 2010, with Scott Neaves in the bike. Gypsy Island would go on to win three races for her trainer prior to being retired to stud, where she produced just the one foal, the Lanercost filly, Itmightbeyou. Providing Kajewski with his best season to date, Itmightbeyou has been a five-time winner this season, also securing a $10,000 QBRED first win bonus when successful on May 25. Another special moment for Kajewski came in 2014 when partnering Myluckylife to victory at Marburg - his first winner as a driver. His four winners in the sulky were partnered by another 20 as a trainer. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his wife, Doris, and the entire Kajewski family.   THE WILDCARD Trainer Mark Rees has made the most of staying close to home over a six-day period, with some strong results at Marburg. At Monday’s October 5 meeting, Rees prepared a training double, which included a quinella. The meet also saw the return of Marburg track record holder Jewel Of Peak, who returned from a spell in fine style to win the eighth race of her career. Two races later, and Rees led home the quinella when Ale Ale Kai defeated So Kool Master, with Narissa McMullen claiming the drive on both Rees winners. With Marburg again racing on Sunday, Rees was able to send his team around again, securing a win, a third and a fourth from his three runners. So Kool Master - a horse he also owns - franked the form of Ale Ale Kai the previous week where he ran second, when coming with a well-timed finishing burst. Driven by Matt Elkins, the seven-year-old gelding attacked the line strongly to claim his 14th career victory and second since being trained by Rees.   THE MILESTONE The standardbred are a resilient breed and that was to the fore on Friday when rising 12-year-old Mark Dennis secured another victory. After 272 career starts, the gelding is second only to the champion Chicago Bull, as having the most wins of their sire - Bettors Delight- and still racing in Australia. Friday night’s victory took his tally to 46 career wins and just his second at Albion Park. Despite it being just his second victory at Brisbane’s pacing headquarters, it was his first while prepared in Queensland. The first victory he recorded at The Creek came back in April of 2019 when sent north to campaign by Shane Sanderson, a former Queenslander that has been training out of Menangle for several years. When previously trained by Shane Tritton, Mark Dennis competed in the state’s best race, finishing ninth in the 2014 Queensland Pacing Championship, a race won by For A Reason. Mark Dennis started his Australian career back on November 24, 2011 when trained and driven by Lance Justice to victory at Cranbourne. The journeyman pacer has been based in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and now Queensland where Jack Butler is the ninth trainer to saddle the gelding since that first Australian start. A win that came with Mark Dennis leading all the way, Chloe Butler took the drive and became the 12th driver to steer the gelding to success in Australia.   THIS WEEK Albion Park will host the $10,800 Pot Of Gold Final this Friday night, after the series had originally been put back a fortnight owing to the track resurfacing. After two heats, Major Fernco looks the one to beat after blitzing his rivals to claim the second heat by almost 25 metres. The first heat was a much closer affair, with just a neck margin separating the first three across the line, Motu Amethyst arriving along the passing lane to score. Redcliffe will host a Sunday evening meeting this week, to complement the Wednesday and Thursday fixtures. With stakes programmed at $3,499 for the Sunday night meeting, each race will also offer the added QBRED Cash Bonus feature to the winner. The Creek will host meetings Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday as per normal. Tuesday afternoon’s Albion Park meet has assembled a strong eight-race card with some competitive line-ups across the board. The sixth event looks the highlight, where the progressive types Kiwis Are Flying and Delightful Major are set to do battle, however there are some other quality performers that could claim victory.   Darren Clayton for Racing Queensland

THE GOOD 2019 Queensland Horse of the Year, Colt Thirty One, has returned from a brief spell in fine fettle to press his credentials for successive titles. In two runs back this preparation, the Grant Dixon-trained entire has shown his versatility to overcome gate seven on successive occasions; the first in a tough fighting win, the second in a swooping finish. Resuming over the 2,138-metre distance on September 12, Dixon sent his star pupil to sit outside the leader, Northview Hustler, where he was able to show plenty of grit in scoring victory by a one-metre margin. Second-up on Saturday night in the Remembering Son Of Pearl Pace, the barrier draw was again unkind, landing the outside front-line gate, this time over the 1,660-metre trip. As the field was released, Dixon stayed out of the early pace battle that ensued, easing ‘Chester’ to find position in the running line. With Justalittle Torque repelling Maywyns Best through the first quarter, the clock was stopped in a sizzling 26.5 seconds. That drew an early move from Ashley Locaz, working forward from the 1100-metre mark, expending plenty of petrol in working forward. The move saw Maywyns Best flagged on to take control, with Ashley Locaz moving to the position outside the leader. With the speed on, Dixon made his move at the 500-metre mark, pushing Colt Thirty One around the field to loom into the contest strongly. Balancing up for the stretch drive, the Colt had bullets to fire, arriving for a strong 1.51.2 mile-rate victory, a new career personal best for the five-year-old. In claiming the 40th win of his career, it was the 35th time that Colt Thirty One has been successful at Albion Park. This moves the Dixon-trained star into the top 10 for most victories at The Creek, Queensland’s headquarters of harness racing. Sitting equal with Melton Multimax and the former star mare Happy Haldon on 34 wins heading into Saturday night’s race, the win pushed Chester to 35 and outright ninth on the list. Another three wins will move Colt Thirty One equal to three of the greatest Queensland trained pacers of any era, and amazingly all three campaigned at the same time. Be Good Johnny, Cobbity Classic and Blacks A Fake all finished their careers with 38 victories at Albion Park. Arguably the greatest ever, Blackie missed a cheque just twice in his 50 appearances at headquarters, adding 10 placings to his 38 victories. Colt Thirty One has made it to 35 wins from 49 outings at The Creek, placed a further 12 times having also missed a top-three finish just twice thus far. Returning in such dominant fashion, Chester looks set to further his record with successive Horse of the Year titles looking well within his grasp.   THE BAD While track resurfacing works were scheduled to be completed with the transfer of just the Tuesday and Friday meetings at Albion Park, the process involved has seen two further meetings transferred to Redcliffe this week. The delay has been necessitated by advanced surveying work to be undertaken, and these advanced works will allow accurate track levels to be surveyed and recorded. Despite the disappointment for the Albion Park Club to lose the Saturday and Tuesday meetings, the long-term benefits are worth the short-term loss. The transfer represents a great opportunity for Redcliffe to play host to metropolitan racing. Officially opened just last week, the upgraded facilities were the result of the Club securing a Government grant to complete works that included a new stabling complex and upgrades to the race day facilities for drivers and stewards. Fresh off the track undergoing maintenance resurfacing in the past fortnight, it bodes well for a top night at The Triangle this Saturday night.   THE MILESTONE It has been a long time between drinks for Deception Bay based trainer Stephen Bunz, yet his perseverance has never waned throughout the season. In the extended season, Bunz had yet to prepare a winner, not through lack of effort or attempts as he continued to toil away looking for an elusive winner. That determination was rewarded last Thursday at Redcliffe when Bunz broke the drought to land his first winner for the season when Rayong Princess was successful in the opening event of the day. In recording her third career victory - the second under Bunz care - the Rob Roy Mattgregor mare also broke a drought of her own. The last victory the mare recorded came back in April of 2018, driven on that occasion by Adam Richardson. This time around Paul Diebert took the drive, leading throughout in claiming victory by a half-head margin. Owned by Bunz in partnership with Matthew Greentree, it was a day to remember for Greentree as he recorded his first double as an owner. Just thirty minutes after Rayong Princess was successful, Greentree drove Sixpenny Red to victory, a mare he was gifted and is trained by Graham Dwyer. Coming with a well-timed run, four-year-old mare Sixpenny Red rushed by the leader to claim victory by just over 10 metres, the eighth win of her career.   THE WILDCARD One Change remains unbeaten in Queensland since joining the Vicki Rasmussen stable after another strong performance when successful at Albion Park at his most recent start. Sitting back as the leader Will The Wizard was out in front in ‘catch me if you can’ tactics, driver Shane Graham allowed One Change to slide up towards the leader. With a third quarter blitz of 26.9 down the back stretch, Graham continued to edge closer and approaching the home turn, put the power on to take the lead. Forging clear in the run to the judge, a fast-finishing Bombadier Jujon loomed up, but left his run too late with One Change holding on to claim victory by a neck. The win equalled the three-year-old track record at Albion Park, matching the mark set just last month by Crunch Time in a 1.51.1 mile. The previous record of 1.52.1 set by Burnaholeinmypocket had stood since June 2015. In securing the Ultimate Tools sponsored 3YO event, One Change took his superb record to 12 wins from 18 starts, with the colt sure to be a major player in any feature he contests this year. THIS WEEK As a result of Albion Park’s track resurfacing works, Redcliffe will play host to the next eight successive Queensland harness meetings, starting on Tuesday September 22 through to October 1. This Friday will see heats of the popular Pot Of Gold Series held over the 1780 metre distance. Those progressing to the Final will compete over the 1,660-metre distance at Albion Park on Friday October 2, with total stakes of $10,860 on offer. Trainers and owners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the updated programme and distance amendments that are a result of the Saturday and Tuesday meetings being transferred to Redcliffe. Of interest in the calendar this Saturday is a 2040-metre event for the square gaiters to be keenly contested. For horses with no band assessment, it is effectively a qualifier for the trotters and on current numbers should provide a highly competitive event, with the likes of Doug, Skyline, Jeddy R Ya Ready, Aveross Don and Miss Invasion all possible nominations for the event.   by Darren Clayton

Catch up on the weekend’s harness racing action in our weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton. THE GOOD How do you categorise the feeling of owning a winner, training a winner, or driving a winner? Combine all three, and that is a feeling that not many in the sport get to achieve. Add a milestone to the mix and there is a whole lot more thrill, excitement and satisfaction. Hayden Barnes was able to achieve that on Saturday night with the victory of Gee Up Neddy, a horse that he owns on lease, trains, and drove to victory in claiming the ninth race on the card at Albion Park. The win was also the 400th occasion that H L Barnes has been successful as a driver in his career, was number 70 for the season and the second leg of a winning double for the night. The first leg of the double was courtesy of Northview Hustler, a horse trained by Al Barnes - Hayden’s father - who was successful in the Open Class event. Utilising gate one to full advantage, Hayden was wearing his proverbial balaclava, able to steal a crazy 61.4 second opening half, a time unheard of in the open class ranks. With the short-priced favourite Ashley Locaz forced to cut the breeze first-up from a spell, Barnes was sitting on a flush hand and after a very steady 28.6 third split only had to turn and burn up the stretch. Doing exactly that, Northview Hustler had 2.3 metres to spare on the line for the easiest of victories and an even easier armchair drive. “I thought we were a good chance if I could pinch a cheap quarter, but as it turned out, I was able to get away with 3 and once that happened I knew they wouldn’t run him down, he was bolting around the bend,” Barnes said. Claiming career win 399 with Northview Hustler, the elusive 400 was within reach in a season that had been underwhelming for Barnes, as he lamented some lost opportunities. Fast forward 152 minutes to Race 9, and the milestone was made official. “It was a relief to finally get to 400 wins, after a lean period in the second half of the season,” Barnes said. “It is good to get it out of the way as Brendan (Barnes), Matt (Elkins) and I were all heading towards 400 so we had a little rivalry of who would get there first.” With his younger brother Brendan and Elkins both eclipsing the mark some months back, Hayden was finally able to crack the milestone with a Saturday night success. In an ironic twist, it has likely become more memorable through the circumstances by being reached with Gee Up Neddy. Thinking that he was a place chance following from his run last week, Gee Up Neddy was safely away, although not quite in the position that many expected. “I thought I would be on the back of Havana Magic who looked the leader but the fence did not worry me at that speed,” Barnes said. “They were going too quick and I was pretty confident once I angled off the fence.” That confidence was well-placed when popping up into the running line at the 500-metre mark when Havana Magic began to wilt under the torrid trip. In a tempered and controlled drive thereafter, Gee Up Neddy arrived for a deserved win, his fourth for Barnes. In fact, it has been a successful period for the eldest of the Barnes brothers, with Hayden also owning shares in a number of other winners in recent weeks. Buying shares to provide an interest outside of his Queensland stable, Barnes has ventured into some talented horses placed in various stables around the country. Needabacardi, One Night Out, Dreamee, Stylish Trend and Ohoka Jimmy are the newest additions, with Barnes holding a percentage share in each.   THE BAD It has not been all plain sailing with Gee Up Neddy this season, with the gelding disqualified from a race in October 2019 after returning a positive swab. After some anxiety and concern into how the positive became, Neddy had the race taken off him under the rules, however no conviction or penalty was imposed on Barnes once the circumstances were identified. Following a mid-year spell, it has taken some time to get Gee Up Neddy back fully fit, with the conditions on Saturday night certainly working in his favour. Returning to the front line from the inside lane was a bonus with the eldest Barnes brother confident a top-three placing could be achieved with the nine-year-old gelding. “His run last week was good and I thought from the draw he was a solid top-three hope as I thought he was nearly back to where he should be,” Barnes said. With the disqualification and the disappointment of a season where things have not entirely gone as hoped, it has certainly ended on high. However, the racing bug bit back, with five winners in the past week, a metro double and the elusive 400 having quickly changed Barnes’ plans to reconsider his career.  “I actually was not going to renew my licence, I need a break and have had a lean spell so I was not going to bother,” Barnes said.  “After Saturday night and five for the week, I thought I better get back into it.” Winning form is the best form and it has kept Hayden in the game - for now.   THE WILDCARD Trevor Barsby was a fearless opening batsman for Queensland that has the honour of scoring a century in the State’s first ever Sheffield Shield victory. Barsby also faced up to some of the best bowlers in the world to have ever played the game of cricket, names like Garner, Marshall and Ambrose. Donny Smith was involved in a Sheffield Shield squad and was a member of the Wynnum Manly’s first ever Brisbane A Grade title when defeating the Greg Chappell led Souths outfit. Smith also faced one of the most lethal bowlers of the time in Jeff Thomson. Matt Elkins represented Queensland in his junior years where he was an accomplished player that rates Cameron Gannon as the fastest bowler he has faced. Gannon was the leading wicket taker in the most recent Shield competition and has since left Queensland after signing with Western Australia. On Saturday night, Barsby, Smith and Elkins combined to form a dynamic three-prong attack with the victory of Coolie Kid in Race 5 at Albion Park. While Barsby has had previous success as an owner, the latest victory ended a quest to achieve Saturday night glory, a goal that ‘Tank’ had been chasing for some time. A recent acquisition from New South Wales, Coolie Kid is raced by Trevor Barsby, his partner Mary Bragagnolo, his mother Lorna, along with Ian Barsby. The gritty win by the five-year-old gelding suggests the innings is far from over and that there are more runs in store.   THE MILESTONE With the 2019/20 season facing various changes as a response to the COVID pandemic, club and state premierships that involve horses will continue through to December 31. However, training, driving and other premierships that are for participants have been finalised, with the Queensland and National training title again going to Grant Dixon, rounding out the term with 290 winners. It will be the eighth time that Dixon has claimed National honours in the past nine years, with 290 winners his third highest total, surpassed only by the mammoth 340 in 2018/19 and 291 in the 2017/2018 season when finishing second to Emma Stewart. This season has seen the Dixon stable secure victories in Victoria, New South Wales and of course Queensland. Leading the stable charge has been star three-year-old Governor Jujon, who also sits in the National Starters Top Twenty with a season that has returned ten wins and over $190,000 in stake earnings. Highlights were Group victories in the South-East Derby, Colts & Geldings Triad Final, Redcliffe Sales Series 3YO Final and the Simpson Memorial. The Gov also notched up heat wins in both the Victorian and New South Wales Derby. Colt Thirty One recorded six wins for the season and took the stable to all three eastern-seaboard States, as well as to the North Island of New Zealand for the 2019 Inter Dominion. Season highlights for the five-year-old were Group victories in the Swan Hill Cup and the Queensland Cup at Albion Park. With the stable producing the quality juvenile talent to complement the established stars in The Gov and Chester, the likes of Jasper, Chamonix, Fond Memories and True Stepper will hold Dixon in good stead for another big season ahead.   THIS WEEK It is another packed week in Queensland harness racing with meetings to be held every day of the week. Kicking off the bonanza will be an eight-race card at Redcliffe on Monday night which will signal the end of the premierships for the 2019/20 season, with race 8 on the card also the last harness event in Australia for the season. Albion Park will play host to its regular weekly schedule, that takes in racing on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Redcliffe has its standard Wednesday night and Thursday fixtures as well as the added Monday night card. The seventh meeting for the week will see Marburg host a Sunday afternoon meeting to coincide with Father’s Day. Another edition of the always popular Marburg to Albion Series will be the main attraction on the track. The series for the NR 47 to 52 performers will culminate with a final carrying $10,900 to be held on Saturday September 12.   Darren Clayton for Racing Queensland

Catch up on the weekend’s harness racing action in Racing Queensland's weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton.   THE GOOD While the COVID-19 has slowed the kilt and bagpipe making business he owns, the current climate has allowed Doug Manger to get back into his other great passion; training pacers. That passion reached new heights on Saturday at Albion Park after Ideal Tiger was successful, providing Manger his first metropolitan winner as a trainer. Owned in partnership with wife Karen, the five-year-old gelding used the passing lane to score with Nathan Dawson taking the drive, arriving in time to claim a half-neck victory. The benefit of a good starting barrier made all the difference, with his recent performances from bad gates suggesting only a change of luck would be required to see a more favourable finish. Running some superb sectional times at his past three starts, those runs had come from gates nine, three and five, meaning barrier one was a huge improvement on his winning hopes. With an original plan to attempt to lead, the early speed shown by the outside runner Recipe For Dreaming saw Ideal Tiger take the trail before finishing best to claim victory and a maiden Saturday night training success for his trainer. Having had Saturday night success as an owner previously - through the former handy performer Enrique Of Malacca - business commitments prevented Manger from being able to prepare horses himself consistently. Purchasing a new property in late 2019, the plan was to return to training again, having prepared horses ‘on and off’ since 1990. After purchasing Ideal Tiger from New Zealand for a modest sum, the timing could not have been any better. “He was only a cheapie, but it has worked out perfectly,” Manger explained. “He arrived just as COVID hit and to be honest, I would not have bought him in from New Zealand if I knew shutdowns were about to happen.” Having his first start in the Kilt Hire Australia colours for the Mangers on March 14, the signs were positive that the gelding by American Ideal would prove competitive in Brisbane. It was at start number three when Ideal Tiger scored his first Australian victory, arriving in the closing stages to win by a narrow margin at Marburg. Further victories at Albion Park and Marburg followed, with his three wins all coming when driven by Clint Sneddon. With Sneddon unavailable as he battles ill-health, Nathan Dawson was given the opportunity to take the reins. “I gave the drive to Nathan a few weeks back and after his first drive, we discussed how I work the horse - Nathan suggested I tinker with his workout regime which I did,” the trainer said. “It seems to have just given him a little bit more speed and Saturday night it worked a treat, having that zip to get there in time.” With just a 450-metre track on the home property, Ideal Tiger does his fast work at the Marburg track. Another technique in his preparation is that he is trained from the paddock and is only put into a yard at feed time, with the remainder of his time spent roaming across twenty acres. “He has the run of the place, he only comes in for a feed and the rest of the time he just wanders -he is just such a beautiful natured horse,” Manger said. The Manger/Dawson combination has been successful in recent weeks, with another pacer that is owned by Manger – Faireachdainn – winning twice in the past month. That filly is trained by Mitchell Dawson with Nathan driving the three-year-old at both Redcliffe victories. Sired by Mr Feelgood, Faireachdainn translates to ‘feelings’ in Gaelic, with the maiden-breaking win at Redcliffe also securing connections a $10,000 first win QBRED bonus. “It has actually been a good time despite the COVID; between the two horses, they are actually paying the mortgage,” Doug remarked with a laugh. With the two horses racing at present, the Manger team also includes a three-year-old by Sweet Lou yet to race and another new addition that will hopefully be seen in the new season. “He is a QBRED and still has a second-win bonus left in him, so hopefully we can get that with him in a few months’ time,” Manger said. “But as we say, we don’t have race-horses, we have race pets,” joked Manger, who is more than happy with how his latest venture in panning out. Business may be slow, but the smile could not be bigger for Doug Manger.   THE BAD Favourite backers were left reeling last Wednesday night at Redcliffe following the relegation of Nikalong Henry. Having previously been plagued by bad manners at the start, this time it was at the end of the race where the gelding was up to his old tricks. Looking to have the race won after leading throughout the 1780-metre journey, as Nikalong Henry approached the winning post, he was off-stride and crossed the finishing line in the incorrect gait. Under rule 155A the stewards were obliged to relegate Nikalong Henry to 2nd placing and promote Holdingno Currency to first placing. A rule that is not often seen, it is the third instance of this rule that stewards have had to enforce in the past six months - the others being Tori May on February 29 and Youknowwhat on July 30. A bad beat for those that had backed the favourite.   THE WILDCARD Greg The Great has been a source of great frustration for trainer Graham Dwyer and that was no more evident than Saturday night. You would not think that winning in great style would prove frustrating, however that is exactly the case; his dominant 16-metre victory showing just how great the square gaiter can be when on his game. Speared off the gate under the mobile conditions, driver Pete McMullen kept the power on all the way over the mile. Doing it all himself out in front, Greg The Great stopped the clock in a mile rate of 1.55.1, shaving 0.6 off the previous record. The win saw the seven-year-old eclipse $100,000 in stakes earnings, bringing up his 13th Albion Park victory. It has been a continual work-in-progress for Dwyer, who has done a stellar job in getting Greg The Great to perform in the manner he has. The gelding has struggled for confidence in his racing manners for successive starts, so to reach his current level is a great testament to Dwyer’s training skills. Asking the likable trainer how he will help bolster Greg The Great’s confidence even further- “I think if he had his name on the running rail as the track record holder like they have for the pacers, it might just get him right in the zone!”   THE MILESTONE Adam Sanderson is the latest Queensland driver to enter the 100-win club following success aboard My Mastercraftsman on Friday night at Albion Park. Entering the meeting on 98 wins, Sanderson moved to 99 with the success of Thats How Weroll after the third event on the card. Not wasting any time moving into triple figures, the ton was realised just one race later. Both his Friday night winners are prepared by Ian Gurney, with Sanderson having recently joined the larrikin trainer at his Chambers Flat stables as foreman and leading driver. It is the second time the New Zealand-born reinsman has reached the century mark, having finished the 2017-18 season on exactly 100 wins. Moving past his best season was also quickly achieved when win 101 was notched aboard the Shawn Grimsey trained Rubies For Tash Saturday gone. With two weeks left in the season, the new benchmark looks set to rise.   THIS WEEK Group racing has drawn to a close after Saturday night’s APG Final, however that does not mean the race calendar is not packed full of options. Starting on Monday August 17, there will be seven consecutive days of harness action in Queensland. This week, Redcliffe will play host to four meetings - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Albion Park will host its usual three meetings on Tuesday afternoon, Friday night and Saturday night. Following agreement between the Albion Park Club, sponsor Ultimate Tools and Racing Queensland, there will be twelve races added to the existing program for two-year-old and three-year-old pacers. The first of those will be held this Saturday night for two-year-olds, along with a rug and trophy to the winner - the trainer and driver will also receive a $250 voucher. The winning owner will receive a $500 voucher, courtesy of sponsor Ultimate Tools.   by Darren Clayton for Racing Queensland

New South Wales harness racing mates John Boserio and Dean Cernovskis went searching for gold at Albion Park on Saturday night and got it with an upset win in the $104,000 Two-Year-Old feature event. Cernovskis drove a superb race for popular trainer Boserio on bay gelding He's Sweet (He's Watching-Our Sweet Melody (Art Major) to get home by a neck in the AP Gold-Brisbane APG Sales Graduate Final. To watch the race click here The win was the highlight so far of this year's annual northern pilgrimage to the Gold Coast, providing Cernovskis with his first ever Group One success as a driver, while it was Boserio's first as a trainer (although he did own G1-winner, Four Trumps). "John has been getting heaps of ribbing down at the stables because prior to this he hadn't trained a winner this Queensland trip-but I guess he's now trumped us all!" Cernovskis said. "He's had a couple of chances to break through and hasn't quite made it, but all he needed was the big stage - he's got the bragging rights well and truly!" Victorious visiting driver Dean Cernovskis gives a jubilant wave as he crosses the line with He’s Sweet, narrowly holding off race favorite Jasper (Grant Dixon) (Dan Costello Photography) Bathurst-based Boserio, who has headed north each winter with a small team since 1983, said the latest victory was "by far his biggest". He is based temporarily near Coolangatta with a group of other New South Welshman who also make the trip each year - Chris and Anthony Frisby, also of Bathurst; Cernovskis, who is based at Gunning, between Goulburn and Yass; and Scott Hewitt, of Crookwell, half an hour from Goulburn. Cernovskis, who has been making the trip now for six years, said he was so grateful to land the winning drive. "There were plenty of other good drivers in the stands, but they stuck with me which was nice. It's an unbelievable series. 45 horses get a crack at it-everyone has a chance of living the dream and winning," he said. After settling three back the pegs, Cernovskis always appeared to have He's Sweet travelling nicely-it was just a matter of getting clear at the right time. And that came when the leader Our Ultimate Bonny run up the track with 450metres from home. Boserio was full of praise for Cernovskis, admitting that it wasn't his idea to stick to the pegs. "Dean told me before the race he thought staying on the fence was probably the best plan. And it all unfolded brilliantly for him, especially when the heavens opened up. So he definitely pulled the right rein there," Boserio said. The Jack Butler-trained Lillies, who was on the leader's back, took the gap and He's Sweet followed through before switching out into the clear and holding on gallantly from the well-tried Grant Dixon pair Jasper ($1.95 fav) and Chamonix ($5.50). Boserio, a former publican, races He's Sweet with keen Bathurst owner Ken Plunkett and Craig Lusby, of Casino, who is also a hotelier. "Craig was in charge of bidding for the horse at the sales. I told him to go to $15,000 and stop, but he didn't listen and kept putting his hand up. He ended up getting it for $35,000 - thank goodness he did keep going," Boserio said. "I picked the horse out because I'd had one out of the family years ago and it went really well." Boserio headed north nearly two months ago but has been hanging out for some good fortune. Holy Camp Dillon, who provided Boserio with his 150th win back home in early June, went amiss early in the Qld campaign, while another two-year-old, The Grogfather, went sour and was sent to the spelling paddock. That's virtually left him with a two-pronged attack in He's Sweet and the stablemate Happy Publicans. "We've got 'Happy' racing Tuesday and he does go okay, so he could run a bit of a race," Boserio said. "We were planning to give He's Sweet a spell, but there's a suitable race for him next Saturday so he can go around again. "Our accommodation is all fixed up until the first week in September, but after winning the 2yo feature we can afford to stay a little longer," he laughed.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Aurora will be looking to make it a clean sweep of the 3YO Trotting Springboard Series in tonight’s Final at Albion Park. The Series - which comprised of four heats in the lead up to the Final - has been dominated by the Terry Hancock-trained filly, and a victory in the $10,000 finale would be a fitting reward in the inaugural three-year-old competition. “She’s done everything well since the last heat and she’s on track, it’s just been her manners have helped a lot and they’ve helped really get her through better than we thought they would to be honest,” Hancock said. “If she gets away good enough, we’ll try to go to the lead but the others are starting to get away well as well. “I just leave it all up to Narissa, once I put her on then she’s in charge but it would be really great to win the series after winning all of the heats – the horse deserves it.” The three-year-old has won six of her nine career starts and looks to be the clear favourite in the field, however, Hancock is weary of several runners in the field. “I see the main danger as Indefensible but the one that I think is the best of them is Jack Butler’s horse (Miss Maia) but she just does a lot wrong,” Hancock said. “If she could put it all together then it would be really hard to beat.” Indefensible is looking to claim the Springboard Series double after winning 2YO race last year, and husband and wife duo Gavin and Kay Crone are confident their gelding can repeat the dose tonight. “I think he’s the best horse in the race but it all depends how the race is run,” Gavin Crone said. “I’ve got no doubt we can beat Aurora but we just have to see how it pans out early and get a bit of luck. “He usually gets away well but he’s been a bit naughty this year, but the ideal scenario is to go to the front. “We think Aurora struggles with the distance a bit so if it gets to the front and walks we’ll be in a bit of trouble, but there’s not much between them at all.” Team Krone will be chasing another slice of history this evening, aiming to go back-to-back in the 2YO Series following last year’s triumph. Defensive Guy – a full brother to Indefensible – will fly the Crone flag in the last event of the evening and comes into the race on the back of winning the final heat of the series. “Winning any of these feature races with the trotters is always a good feeling for us because we do a lot of work with them, so to win back-to-back with the brother would be amazing,” Crone said. “He goes alright our little two-year-old, he’s improved every week and I wouldn’t say he’s out of it either. “He won the most recent heat of the series so I’ve got no doubt that will hold him in good stead going into tonight, he’s usually pretty safe and reliable – he’s really come along leaps and bounds. “If he gets to the front then we won’t be waiting for them - put it that way, but the ideal scenario would be to roll to the front.” This year’s 2YO Final is a wide-open affair with three different horses winning the three heats on offer, and Crone wouldn’t be surprised if any one of the field took out the crown. “Grant’s horse Okanagan goes pretty good as does Aldebaran Selena, but they all go nice and they’re all pretty competitive this bunch of two-year-olds,” Crone said. “It all depends on manners at the end of the day, it’s a real lottery – what happens in the first 100 metres will tell the tale, especially with young trotters.”   Andrew Adermann

THE absence of two of Australasia’s best three-year-olds has made life a lot easier for local star Governor Jujon in Saturday night’s Group 2 South-East Derby at Albion Park. Victoria and NSW Derby placegetter Perfect Stride was all set to tackle the Derby, but a below-par Menangle run last weekend prompted trainer-driver Anthony Butt to change plans and stay in NSW. And last season’s NZ 2YO of the Year, One Change, was only due to arrive in Queensland this morning (Wednesday) with stablemate Turn It Up and Dina Bolt and didn’t accept to run in the Derby first-up from a spell. So Governor Jujon, already a winner of 14 of his 19 starts, is a $1.60 Aussie TAB favourite to score his biggest win so far from a suitable gate five. Grant Dixon’s latest young star has won all five starts this campaign and is by far the class runner having already run second in the Victoria Derby earlier this season. But Dixon will know better than to take anything for granted given the best young horse he’s trained, Colt Thirty One, was beaten into second spot in his hometown Queensland Derby two years ago. Many of Governor Jujon’s major rivals this week are fillies, but they have a mixed history against the boys in Queensland’s major Derby, which is relevant as this effectively replaces the COVID-impacted Queensland Derby. The last filly to win the Queensland Derby was former Kiwi star Oaxaca Lass way back in 2002. But fillies have run well in the past three Queensland Derbys. Princess Tiffany ran fourth to Self Assured last year, Fame Assured was third to Master Moonlite in 2018 and Shartin ran second to The More The Better in 2017. Amazingly, Shartin was sold to North American and gone to be one of the greatest mare of all time. Last year became only the fifth mare to be crowned US Pacer of the Year. The fillies in Saturday night’s Derby are Jenden Strike, My Ruby Sunshine, Fond Memories and Pelosi, who ran first, second, third and fifth respectively in last week’s South-East Oaks. Jenden Strike dug deep to win last week for father-and-son team, Chris and Anthony Frisby. “She’s finally drawn a good barrier in a big race,” Chris Frisby said “She led at her first start at Parkes from memory, but I can’t recall having the drawn to try and lead since then. “She’s come through last week’s win really well and we’ll press forward from the draw, but Governor Jujon is a really nice horse, clearly the best horse in the race, and he’s going to take plenty of beating.”   Adam Hamilton

The open class events in Brisbane in the coming weeks will boast strong depth. And that was evident on the opening night of the 2020 Queensland winter carnival last night (Saturday) with the longstanding 1660m track record held by champion pacer Im Themightyquinn falling. The ‘wonder from the west’ set the track record at 1:50.4 back in 2014 when successful in the Sunshine Sprint. While many have dared to dream of breaking the mark, it’s largely stood untested. Until Sydney pacer Cruz eclipsed the mark with his all the way victory in the $21,160 Wondais Mate Pace with a time of 1:50.3 defeating reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Colt Thirty One and Watch Pulp Fiction. He covered the sprint trip with sectionals of 27.1, 29.2, 27.7 and 26.5 seconds. Prepared by Craig Cross, the American Ideal gelding was handled by Leonard Cain. The open class feature this week is the Listed $25,770 Mr Feelgood Pace which will be staged over the 2138m before they step up to the 2680m in the Listed $25,770 Lucky Creed Pace the following week. Another high quality performer expected to contest the above mentioned features is the Chris and Anthony Frisby trained Our Uncle Sam. The multiple feature race winner is expected to trial on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park in readiness for his latest Queensland campaign. Our Uncle Sam was surprisingly beaten first-up at Bathurst on July 1 as a short priced favourite behind Fouroeight in a time of 1:55.8. “We’re going to give him a trial at this stage before starting up here, maybe some were disappointed with his effort the other night but he was probably a little underdone so another trial will tighten him further.” Driver Anthony Frisby said. The Frisby stable is all smiles following the victory of classy filly Jenden Strike in the Gr.2 $50,660 Changeover South East Oaks at Albion Park last night. The Betterthancheddar filly scored a narrow yet decisive victory over local fillies Miss Ruby Sunshine and Fond Memories in a time of 1:55.9 for the 2138m event. “It was a deserving victory in many ways because she’s been a little unlucky in some of the better races this season but it played out well for us and we got the right luck,” Frisby said. “I think Dad (Chris) is planning on backing her up this week in the South East Derby so that will be interesting.” He added. Jenden Strike has won six of her 12 starts to date while banking more than $66,000.   Chris Barsby

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