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Darling Downs sisters Lola and Julie Weidemann have to be the best tag team in the harness racing business. Nothing stands in the way of their work with the duo's winning treble at Tamworth Showground Paceway yesterday attesting to that. In April, Lola was hospitalized after suffering breaks and bruises in a race fall at Redcliffe Paceway. While Lola nursed her four broken ribs and a damaged hip for months it was up to her sister Julie to carry the load. But when Julie was sidelined by Racing Queensland stewards last week, Lola quickly swung back into action. She resumed driving at Redcliffe on Wednesday night driving one of the team into third place then loaded the float on Thursday morning and travelled a well-worn 460km route down the New England Highway to the country music capital. The Weidemann family is considered locals at the Tamworth Showground with Lola, Julie and their niece Stacey rarely missing a race meeting. Lola was at her crafty best when she returned to the country New South Wales circuit. Driving Julie’s horses Bulldust and Lonesome Mach, Lola produced a race to race winning double early in the day then just for good measure made it a treble of wins later in the program scoring on Dreamy Nukes for her sister. Bulldust,has been out of the winners list for six months but it seems that Lola has a bit of an affinity with the P B Bullville gelding winning at three of his only four race wins. Bulldust  ($8.40) came from back in the pack to spear away from his opposition and score by 4.3 metres in a 2.02 mile rate for the 1980 metres. No Confession and Gannicus, the race favourite filled the placings. About thirty minutes later Lola again produced a masterful drive on Lonesome Mach. After being buried on the pegs most of the way, Lola got the $5.50 chance to the outside and quickly rounded up those in front of her. Lonesome Mach kept the momentum going right to the line to score in a photo finish by a half neck in 2.03.7 for the 1980 metres defeating Pipers Challenge with Big Riddle filling the minor spot. Dreamy Nukes won on Anzac day at Inverell and then was winless for its next starts before Lola steered it to the front running victory. The Dream Away gelding posted its fifth career victory scoring by 1.3 metres in very moderate time. Dreamy Nukes led the field with Lola slowing the early pace down to almost a walk, going through the first half of the last mile in 67.6s -- the last half mile was quicker but was still outside of a minute and stewards nabbed the driver with a $100 fine. by David Aldred

The old adage ‘it’s never over until the fat lady sings’ couldn’t have applied more than in Saturday night’s QBred Breeders Classic for Colts and Geldings at the harness racing meeting at Albion Park - luck just didn't go the way of New South Wales battler Daniel Rowell. Rowell was shooting for his biggest pay day and his most important race success driving Roarn, the $7.20 second favourite in the Group 2 Final and looked assured of success when he popped off the back of the $1.50 favourite Catcha Lefty ,driven by Shane Graham, and motored along the passing lane. With the winning post in his sights Roarn surged to a narrow lead over Catcha Lefty but just as he got there his run was halted as quickly as it started. Rowell felt the jolt as the right wheel on his sulky locked tight with the left wheel of Graham’s and the two carts went across the line in a tangle, Rowell’s right wheel a good 30cm up in the air. The mishap meant Catcha Lefty was able to hold the lead and win the $50,000 Final by a head with Rowell left lamenting what could have been. “You know it’s never ever over until that fat lady sings, don’t you,” quipped the 33yo trainer/driver from the Southern Highlands hamlet of Crookwell. “I was feeling pretty confident going into the sprint lane and just as I got him into top gear he wanted to duck out, it cost us big time.” Rowell has been driving for about a decade and so far has driven 43 winners, six of those winners this season. “I only have two horses in work this one and another 2yo and I also have another job at the local Glenferrie Farm which keeps me busy, so the opportunities for me in big races are limited,” he said. Rowell now plans to make amends in the Group 1 QBred Triad at Albion Park’s night of nights, 18 July. “I have decided to stay on and go for the Triad, targeting a lead up race between now and then,” Rowell said. The trainer is based for the remainder of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival at Tweed Heads and has brought a travelling mate for the Queensland-bred Roarn (P B Pullville – Beckoning). “I have another 2yo here Boobalga Road, a Sportswriter gelding which qualified as an emergency for this week’s Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle,” Rowell said. “He is NSW bred but I think I will find a nice race for him here (in Brisbane) now.” The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival officially kicks off on Saturday 4 July with the running of the G1 $100,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint with the unique G1 $100,000 Nursery Flying Stakes for 2 & 3yo pacers also on the same card. David Aldred

A fair bit quieter than Crown Finals Night, to be sure, but a surprisingly good crowd and some very strong fields were on hand for last Friday's Tier One harness racing meeting at the Bathurst Showgrounds Paceway.

It's a tough road to the top, even harder holding that spot. Harness racing's defending Ladyship Mile champion Torque In Motion is facing a race against time to be ready for the 2013 version which is scheduled for Sunday, March 3.

Many of Australia's leading stud farms have thrown their support behind the inaugural Terang Harness Racing Club Stallion Tender. Alabar Bloodstock, who operate standardbred breeding establishments in Victoria, New Zealand and the Riverina, has offered a choice of three stallions in Armbro Operative, Elsu and Gotta Go Cullect.

Punters will rejoice at the chance to invest on two extra races this Saturday night (April 14) when the Albion Park Harness Racing Club conducts a strong 10- event card at Brisbane's headquarters.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event program featuring the Easter Gifts Heats for the C2 to C5 pacers this Saturday night (March 31). The first race on the program is the Termidor Pace, an M2 to M3 event over the 1660 metre trip at 5.10pm.

Eight events will be staged by The Albion Park Harness Racing Club this Saturday night. The first race of the night is the Dave Knudsen Retravsion Virginia Pace, an M1 event of the 1660 metre trip.

While we have been involved with harness racing matters local in the last week,what may well be the last Inter-dominion Pacing series which bears any resemblance to the traditional contest has been taking shape at Perth's Gloucester Park.

Heats of both the Autumn Championship and the Racing Ministers Cup will be the feature events on the Albion Park Harness Racing Club's eight event program this Saturday night February 25).

The Final of the Claiming Challenge will be the feature event this Saturday night (February 11) on the Albion Park Harness Racing Club's metropolitan harness racing programme. The action will kick off at 5.10pm with the Havenstone Pavers Pace, an M1 event over the 2138 metre trip.

Queensland harness racing trainer Vicki Rasmussen will make the first of many trips down the highway from Brisbane to Sydney this week. Rasmussen headed south today (Thursday) with stable star Torque In Motion and Allamerican Idol, both mares will race in the Gr.3 $40,000 Garrards Horse & Hound Ranji Bill Stakes this Saturday night at TABCORP Park, Menangle.

Two heats of the Claimer's Challenge will be the feature events on the program this Saturday night (February 4) for the Albion Park Harness Racing Club. An eight event program will kick off at 5.10pm with the 4BC 1116 AM NEWS TALK PACE, an M2 to M3 event over the 2138 metre trip.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct a strong Christmas Eve programme this Saturday night at headquarters in Brisbane. The opening race of the night is the SEW Eurodrive Frosty Flyer Pace at 5.10pm, an M1 assessed event over the 1660 metre trip.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event program this Saturday night featuring the 2011 SEW-Eurodrive Christmas Cup and the Reindeer Rampage M1 Series Final.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct a strong eight event harness racing program this Saturday night. The opening race of the night is the SEW-Eurodrive Pace at 5.10pm.

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