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

Last night’s Harness Racing Awards Dinner brought exciting news for junior drivers and cousins Nathan Dawson and Dannielle McMullen when they were announced winners of the 2018 Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achievers Award. The award comes with an unbelievable all-expenses paid trip to North America working and learning under the watchful eye of successful harness racing trainer and former Australian Ross Croghan. The trip will be an incredible learning curve for the youngsters and will include opportunities to visit the stables of prominent standardbred trainers such as Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke, touch base with ex-pats such as Andy McCarthy, Noel Daley and Chris Ryder to name but a few, visit renowned racetracks such as the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold as well as the possibility of securing a race drive. Young Achiever nominations were selected on a monthly basis throughout the season by a panel of industry experts. Other nominees included Trent Moffat, Hayden Barnes, Brittany Graham, Narissa McMullen, Isobel Ross, Mitchell Dawson, Alex Cain and Matt Elkins. Nathan Dawson was the obvious preference for the male award recipient given his unbelievable driving record in the 2017/2018 season and being nominated for the award on three occasions. He secured the Queensland Driver of the Year Premiership and was the only driver to land a double century of wins. Dawson’s career best month was in August where he landed 40 winners and 42 placings from 149 drives. In that month he drove four winners on two occasions, trebles on three occasions and recorded his 500th lifetime winner. “I hadn’t kept count of the winners that month, I just went out there and did my best. I had a really good season and it’s great to be rewarded for the hard work” Dawson stated. He was also selected to represent Queensland in the upcoming Australasian Young Drivers Championship held at Albion Park and Redcliffe in November. McMullen also enjoyed plenty of success last season finishing within the top 10 on the state drivers, metropolitan drivers and concession drivers premierships with 78 winners from 595 drives. Along with her sister Narissa, McMullen represented the state in the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Tasmania where she finished in 2nd place, as well as competing in the Reinswomen Invitational series at Globe Derby. Narissa was selected as last year’s Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achiever and ironically the sisters finished on the same number of wins last season. “I’m really looking forward to the trip, it’ll be a really great learning experience and I know it wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors Kevin and Kay Seymour”, said McMullen. While the trip details are yet to be confirmed it has been suggested that the drivers will set off in August next year and their trip will coincide with the one million dollar Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Albion Park Harness Racing  

Nathan Dawson is hitting the road. The hard working harness racing Queensland based junior driver heads to Tamworth tomorrow (Friday) in a bid to win his biggest race to date, the Listed $25,000 Pryde's Easifeed Golden Guitar Final. But Dawson is hoping the six hour road trip to the nation’s capital of country music will be a lot easier coming home with the trophy riding along in the passenger seat when he combines with the Steve Bunz trained Real Social. "It's a big day when you head to Tamworth, it's a long drive but when you’re a live chance in a race like this, it makes it worthwhile and I'm hopeful of another bold showing from the favourable draw." Dawson said. Real Social sports saddlecloth number three but is likely to start from gate two if the emergency Hero Bromac doesn't secure a start. Last week, Real Social broke the track record when rating 1:57.1 for the 1980m distance. His time was significantly quicker than former New Zealand pacer Rakarazor who returned a mile rate of 1:57.5 in her Australian debut. And this is the horse that Dawson fears most. "As good as my horse was winning last week, I thought Rakarazor was just as impressive and given it was having its first start over here and being from a great stable, it's going to be very hard to beat in the final. "I thought my horse was very good last week, he went to the line with the plugs still in and actually ran through the line really well. My intention is to lead again and I'm very happy that we drew better than Rakarazor. "The track was in great shape last week and it will be the same again this week, my horse handled it very well and cornered great. I think he has a really strong chance and I'm looking forward to being part of the action, a big crowd is tipped to attend." While Dawson has competed at Tamworth previously, this is maiden Golden Guitar series. If successful, the celebrations will be on hold with Dawson making the trek straight back to his Glamorganvale base, near Ipswich, in readiness for his commitments at Albion Park the following night. Dawson is booked for four runners at Albion Park including former Queensland Pacing Championship winner Ideal Scott for trainer Ian Gurney in the open pace while he has five drives at the non-TAB Marburg program earlier in the day. Last night (Wednesday) at Redcliffe he landed a winning treble with victories behind Win Or Die, Ima Sea Storm and Make A Point. Dawson is currently 6th in the Queensland State Drivers Premiership. Chris Barsby  

Glamorgan Vale harness racing driver Nathan Dawson has clocked up his 50th season win at Marburg Pacing Association with family horse Sir Camelot, but he’s had to share the win. The 20-year-old claimed the milestone on Saturday when Sir Camelot lead from start to finish. But their victory was shared with Mister Maverick (Francis Weston), with stewards calling the race a dead heat. “We got to the front and from there we lead and I thought we’d be pretty hard to beat,” Dawson said. Marburg Pacing Association committee member Wayne Chalk said it was the first he knew of any dead heats at the track. Despite coming back from a four month spell the race one favourite completed the course in good form. “He’s not the strongest horse so the shorter distances help him a lot,” Dawson said. “I’ve driven him quite a few times, it’s the first time the horse has had a win since my family got him. “We got him about a year ago, he had a couple of starts then about four months off.” Dawson added to his season tally with a second race win for the day driving Ryan Veivers’ mare Dixey Styx NZ in race four. He claimed a second with Chicken on a Chain and third place finish with Nedra Gold, both trained by Dawson’s brother Mitchell. With 50 wins under his belt , Dawson said he was aiming to supersede his tally from last season. Last season he finished with 65 wins for the year across Queensland, but said he wanted to get more this season. “Hopefully I can get a few more Saturday night winners and metropolitan races,” Dawson said. He currently leads the Marburg Pacing Association winning drivers tally board, a premiership Dawson has won for the past two years. Additionally he leads Racing Queensland’s Concession Driver board. In Queensland, Dawson is currently ranked eighth in the state drivers premiership table for 2015-16. Having grown up in a family of horse lovers, it’s no surprise Dawson found his way into harness racing. “My parents train horses, and I grew up around them, I was driving mini trotters when I was five years old,” Dawson said. By Ali Kuchel Reprinted with permission of the gattonstar.com.au site

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