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A number of talented Queensland pacers are due to fly out today (Monday). And for the third straight year, the Redcliffe Gold Cup winner is on board and bound for North America. The Bill Crosby trained Constantlysideways has been sold and will do his future racing in the United States. Constantlysideways joins Kept Under Wraps and Five Card Draw as previous winners of the Redcliffe feature before heading to North America. A winner of 22 races from 93 starts, the Village Jasper gelding has been a standout performer in the Sunshine State for many seasons now. He has banked more than $175,000 for his connections. His most recent victory came via the Gr.3 $30,540 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup back on June 8. Constantlysideways was raced by Crosby and Jonathon Munt. Also headed stateside is Three Of The Best, a talented performer from the stables of Shannon Price and Scott Miller. The Mach Three four-year-old won 11 of his 35 starts while banking more than $115,000 in stakes. A graduate of the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sales from the Sydney section, Three Of The Best won the 2017 APHRC Members Cup while being placed in the Gr.1 NSW Breeders Challenge 2yo Final behind Conviction in a time of 1:53.5 at TABCORP Park, Menangle. And joining Constantlysideways and Three Of The Best on the flight is Bronski Mackenzie, a regally bred three-year-old filly. A daughter of Mach Three from the great producing and classic winning Fake Left mare Bronski Gorgeous, Bronski Mackenzie ranks as a half-sister to Major Bronski, General Bronski, Breeze On Bronski, Brigadier Bronski and Admiral Bronski. Bronski Mackenzie has won 3 of her 25 starts to date.   Chris Barsby

Giant pacer Ultimate Art is back in Brisbane. With the 2017 Queensland winter carnival wrapping up this weekend, Ultimate Art has arrived and will campaign in the Sunshine State in the coming months for trainers Shannon Price and Scott Miller. Originally, the Modern Art gelding was being considered for the open class features in recent weeks but he didn’t find his best form and connections felt the trip wasn’t warranted. Last year, when previously under the care of Price/Miller, Ultimate Art won 9 of his 14 starts which included 8 in a row at Albion Park. The multiple feature race winner is raced by Mick and Kirsty Formosa. ********************************************************************************** The bulk of the visiting stars of the winter carnival have returned to their respective homes. But My Field Marshal has remained in the Sunshine State. The last start Blacks A Fake runner-up behind Hectorjayjay will spend the next two weeks in the winter warmth of Brisbane having a well-earned break before heading south for his next campaign. Trainer Tim Butt is eyeing the Victoria Cup and Inter Dominion series in Perth later this year. *********************************************************************************** Millionaire pacer Bling It On will be available to breeders in the upcoming breeding season. The American Ideal entire will stand at Cobbitty Equine Farm in New South Wales and will command a fee of $3000. Bling It On has been sidelined following a crash at Albion Park in the Lucky Creed Pace on June 17 as a result of interference and immediately ended his winter carnival campaign. The half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling heads to stud with a record of 42 wins and 17 placings from 77 starts for earnings of $1,591,076. ************************************************************************************ A notable omission from Friday’s Listed $25,000 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse at Redcliffe is the richly talented Mattgregor. Prepared by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, the Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding was sent straight to the spelling following his 5th placing behind Hectorjayjay in the Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park on July 8. A winner of 10 races from 22 starts, connections are looking at heading interstate again next season. Mattgregor is being aimed at the $75,000 4 & 5yo Championship at TABCORP Park, Melton on November 11. McMullen has withdrawn his appeal against a three-week driving suspension he incurred from the Lucky Creed race fall at Albion Park on June 17. ************************************************************************************* Connections of classy fillies Shartin and My Casino Belle are looking at options before seasons end. Both fillies were gallant when filling the minor placing’s behind The More The Better in last week’s Queensland Derby. Trainer Dean Braun is keen to start Shartin again given how well she has come through her Brisbane campaign while trainer Brad Hewitt is keen to push on with My Casino Belle in the coming weeks. Shartin is not eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown series while My Casino Belle was placed in last year’s 2yo Final behind Partyon and Petacular. ************************************************************************************** Leading Queensland trainer Grant Dixon is heading to Melbourne next month with his exciting prospect Colt Thirty One for the Australasian Breeders Crown series. Fresh from his demolition of his rivals in last week’s Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park in 1:53.9, connections are keen to test their rising star against the best. Unbeaten in Queensland from six starts, his only defeats came earlier this season at Menangle during the Australian Pacing Gold series. The Mach Three colt is drawing comparisons with former freakish juvenile Majestic Mach, also prepared by Dixon. Making the trip with Colt Thirty One is feature race winning filly Red Charmer. The winner of the Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios earlier this season, Red Charmer finished 7th behind Arts Treasure last week in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Fillies Final. **************************************************************************************** Inter Dominion winning horseman James Rattray has remained in Brisbane. Last week, Rattray claimed the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with Arts Treasure and will focus on another feature before seasons end. Up next for the Roll With Joe filly is the Gr.1 $100,000 Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Graduates series starting on August 4, the final is scheduled for August 12. Rattray will start last start Rising Stars Championship winner The Bettormack at Albion Park this weekend. ***************************************************************************************** Last start feature race juvenile Lucky Unlucky arrives back in Brisbane today (Thursday) for a well-earned break. Lucky Unlucky proved successful in last week’s Gr.2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Blue Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle in a time of 1:54.0. Owned by Vicki Rasmussen, the Roll With Joe youngster has campaigned in Sydney in recent months for trainer Craig Cross. Lucky Unlucky won twice from 11 starts during his rookie term while banking close to $50,000 in stakes. ****************************************************************************************** Leonard Cain makes his Saturday night debut this weekend. The fresh-faced rising star has enjoyed considerable success during his first season of race driving which has netted him 49 winners to date. A third generation horseman, Cain is a key member of the Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham stable. ****************************************************************************************** Redcliffe curator Greg Franklin will finish his role with the bayside club next week. The talented horseman retires from his role with the club and will spend more time with his small team of pacers from Knight Street for the time being. Franklin has enjoyed considerable success with the likes of African Violet and Motor Parade while his current performer is the classy Remember Them. ****************************************************************************************** Gold Coast trainer Graeme Gavin has sent around his final runners. Last Friday night at Albion Park, Gavin prepared Mickey McRooney and Hotshot Anvil before sending them home with different trainers. Formerly from New South Wales, Gavin has been based on the Gold Coast for a number of years and enjoyed good success with the likes of Cracka Stride, Real Magic, Jack Starzzz, Black Shiraz, Therufusonfire, Nash Street Matt, Scarecrow and Intense Gold among many others. Gavin trained close to 300 winners. Happy retirement Graeme. ******************************************************************************************* And that’s a wrap for the 2017 Queensland winter carnival…..until next year. Chris Barsby

Harness racing trainer Shannon Price is talking tough.“We will lead”. Price declared.Following the barrier draw yesterday (Tuesday) for Saturday night’s Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park, the Logan Reserve conditioner showed her hand early.The Price trained Ultimate Art has been the form horse in Brisbane in recent times, since being switched from the stables of Ellalong horseman Mick Formosa to Price at the start of the year, the former Group One winner has regained the fire in the belly. To date, Ultimate Art has won 9 of his 12 starts which includes a streak of eight in a row.The Modern Art entire was aiming for nine straight before tasting defeat in the Gr.3 $30,000 Lucky Creed on June 18 against Avonnova when he was crossed from the inside gate. He has since bounced back into the winner’s circle with his all the way victory last week in the Listed $25,000 Mr Feelgood defeating dual Queensland Horse of the Year in Avonnova. “He has a little habit when he scores up and he got the timing all wrong which placed Bart (Cockburn – driver) at a disadvantage, that’s the reason he couldn’t muster that night. He proved last week he has the necessary speed to lead and that’s our aim this week. “Sure there’s some speedy types drawn on his outside but I don’t think they can cross, he’ll be given a strong warm-up and he’ll be focused. We’re really happy with the way he’s improved his gate speed since being up here and that comes from the hard style of racing that Brisbane produces, he would’ve been no chance of leading a field like this when he first arrived. “During his win streak we started thinking the Sunshine Sprint would be a great race for him, he was winning and running unbelievable times and that made us think he might be capable of breaking the track record if he drew to lead. Our aim is to win but the track record could be another bonus.” Champion Perth pacer Im Themightyquinn holds the track record at 1:50.4; he set the mark when he scored in this race back in 2014.Since that night, no horse has gone remotely close to breaking the record.In fact, no horse has even broken into the 1:50 time zone at the famous Breakfast Creek 1000m oval. While Price is confident of leading, she is fearful of the second-line runners with New Zealand star Christen Me drawn directly on the back of Ultimate Art while last start Gr.1 Len Smith Mile winner Hectorjayjay has drawn gate 10, three off the second-line. “Given how even races are nowadays, being on the inside gives your horse a massive advantage and Christen Me is going to secure a perfect trip in transit. He needed the run badly first-up a few weeks back and he’ll be a much sharper prospect this week, and next week for that matter. “Hectorjayjay is a special animal and he’s got my full attention, his point to point speed is like nothing else and he wasn’t draw dependent like most others in this race. He’ll be wide at some stage but if he’s within distance, he could still get over the top of everyone. “While I respect all my rivals, they’re the two horses I fear the most in this race this weekend. We haven’t seen a race like this for some time at Albion Park, even when Blacks A Fake was racing it didn’t produce the build up like this race has but Blackie was just better than everything else. I can’t wait; I’m excited to be part of it.” Mick and Kirsty Formosa will travel up to watch their pride and joy compete over the next week, taking in a family holiday on the Gold Coast while venturing to the track to cheer loudly for the horse affectionately known as ‘Thomas’. And they’ll provide plenty of his favourite treats win, lose or draw – licorice bites. Chris Barsby

Leading Queensland horseman Grant Dixon claimed both Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 3yo Finals at Albion Park on Saturday night. Smart pacers Get In The Groove and Frankie Rocks led throughout to win their respective features. Both three-year-olds are raced by their breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour. In the fillies final, Get In The Groove mustered enough speed at the start to lead from the inside gate before holding off a determined Covert Beauty and Cherish The Moment in a driving finish. Get In The Groove rated 1:57.8 for the 2138m event while finishing off in a brilliant final section of 27.8 seconds. The Mach Three – Get Happy filly will be aimed at a number of features during the upcoming Brisbane winter carnival including the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Oaks on July 9. Get In The Groove is the first winner from Get Happy, a mare by P B Bullville. It was similar situation in the colts and geldings final; Frankie Rocks held the lead from his inside gate and defied a spirited challenge from Catcha Lefty and Leos Best. Frankie Rocks rated 1:57.5 for the 2138m event while running home in 28.9 and 28.3 seconds. The Rock N Roll Heaven – Faith Prevails gelding will also contest a number of features in the coming weeks during the Brisbane winter carnival including the Gr.1 $75,000 Queensland Derby on July 16. Frankie Rocks is the younger half-brother to well performed mare Feel The Faith (by Mr Feelgood), a winner of 11 races and more than $110,000 in stakes. In the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad 4yo Finals, race favourites Major Cam and Bettorthanspecial led throughout to claim their respective finals. Major Cam proved too strong in the entires and geldings’ final holding off Major Coup and Constantlysideways in a busy finish. The Art Major – Ella Cam gelding rated 1:56.2 for the 2138m event. Major Cam is trained by Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks and was handled by Mathew Neilson. The hulking gelding is a younger half-brother to Western Cam (19 wins - $180,000) and is raced by his breeder, Cheryl Rasmussen. Bettorthanspecial scored the easiest victory on the night when leading all the way the mare’s final. Prepared by Shannon Price and Scott Miller, Bettorthanspecial provided leading reinsman Shane Graham with an easy drive and coasted to the line well clear of their nearest rivals Mathilda Diventa and Bettor Promise. Bettorthanspecial rated 1:59.6 for the 2138m event. Bred and raced by Raboki, the Bettors Delight – Specialagentcullen is now the winner of more than $227,000. Racing Queensland

It would be a major shock if Team Raboki doesn’t win the QBRED Triad mares harness racing features this Saturday night. The astute stable prepare top fancies Bettorthanspecial and Bettor Promise in the Gr.2 $50,000 classic at Albion Park and the classy mares look set to dominate another Brisbane feature. And both mares are drawn to dominate again. Bettorthanspecial will start from the coveted inside gate while Bettor Promise starts from gate three. But the stable don’t want any unexpected shocks and plan to keep it simple. “The draws are ideal and we will keep it very simple tactically, Bettorthanspecial will lead while Bettor Promise will more than likely race without cover. We don’t want to overthink the situation, let’s keep it simple and win the race.” Co-trainer Scott Miller said. The two mares have raced head to head on 20 occasions and have finished one/two on ten occasions while Bettorthanspecial holds a slender lead in the head to head bracket. And Bettorthanspecial holds the advantage again this weekend after landing the better draw of the two. In their final hit-outs last weekend, both mares were surprisingly beaten. “While both got beat we weren’t disappointed because both performed well at a high level after the races didn’t play out the way we expected them to unfold. They have both trained on well this week and look set to run big races again. “Bettorthanspecial did a really good job last week after racing without cover in really fast time; she never gave up and looks the horse to beat because of the draw. I thought Bettor Promise was ok last week after starting from a bad draw, the time in her race was ok too. “There’s nothing really between them, if anything, Bettorthanspecial has higher speed but Bettor Promise is probably a little tougher so it really evens out in the end. We will put both mares out after the weekend and bypass the winter carnival, they’ll have a break and we’ll get them ready for Sydney later this year.” If successful, there will be no time for celebration for the stable with a road trip to Sydney scheduled for Sunday with talented rookie Three Of The Best starting at Menangle next Tuesday. The Breeders Challenge is the target and following his out of sort’s performance last month in the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Melton, the Mach Three gelding has trailed impressively on two occasions at Albion Park. “At this point, he’s taken no harm from that race in Melbourne, both trials have been good and he’s relaxed both times. He hit the sulky wheel in Melbourne and coupled with the fact he’s a Mach Three, it didn’t take much to set him off. “This series has always been on the radar for him and this is the last round of heats so hopefully he can qualify. We really like him as a horse and hopefully he can keep improving.” Meanwhile, current stable star Ultimate Art will venture to the Albion Park trials next Tuesday afternoon. With the winter carnival looming, the Modern Art gelding has won his past 7 starts and connections are keen to build on that with the UBET Picket Fence promotion a key target. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. The first horse in profile is: Name: Ultimate Art Stable Name: Thomas Age: 6yo gelding Owner: Kirsty Formosa Trainer: Shannon Price & Scott Miller Driver: Bart Cockburn Prizemoney: $405,263 Biggest win: Gr.1 Bathurst Gold Crown – Inter Dominion heat (Menangle) Target: $50,000 Sunshine Sprint (July 9) & $200,000 Blacks A Fake (July 16) Trainer says: "This is the best horse we have ever trained; he’s such a top line athlete. He’s fast, extremely strong and very determined plus a perfect horse to do anything with. His form is super and the winter carnival is the main priority headlined by the Gr.1 Blacks A Fake". Barsby says: "Right now, Ultimate Art is the form horse of Queensland harness racing and looks a legitimate threat to any interstate or New Zealand raider bound for the carnival. It doesn’t matter if the race is a sprint affair or a staying contest; he’s equally effective at both distances. Importantly, his gate speed has improved markedly since racing consistently at Albion Park which is a dangerous sign for his rivals". Harness Racing Australia

A pair of Queensland harness racing rookies will venture to Melbourne this week chasing gold. Following their one/two result in the Australian Pacing Gold qualifier staged at Albion Park last Tuesday, both Three Of The Best and Maestro Bellini are due to fly south to contest the semi-finals this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. In the Brisbane qualifier, Three Of The Best overpowered Maestro Bellini in the latter stages in a slick time of 1:55.0 while covering the final half in 56.6 seconds. Three Of The Best is prepared by husband and wife combination of Scott Miller​ and ,Shannon Price no strangers to success in the garden state while Maestro Bellini belongs to the Chris Petroff stable. “We’re booked on a flight on Wednesday night at this stage and that will give us a few days to settle in before racing on Saturday night. We were always keen to go and after speaking with Chris, it made sense to book the flights and travel together.” Miller said. Three Of The Best, a $45,000 purchase from the Sydney sale last year was a beaten favourite on debut when 7th behind his stablemate Statement Made after making an early error before making amends last week. Handled by Adam Sanderson, Three Of The Best sat parked outside Maestro Bellini before outstaying him over the concluding stages that was having his first start back in Brisbane following his Bathurst Gold Crown campaign. The Mach Three – Snug Harbor (by Bettors Delight) gelding has thrived following his triumph and connections are optimistic about their chances. “We’re in with a chance and the fact we’re heading south and prepared to take on this series proves we think we have a show of getting some of the good prizemoney on offer. We’ve always rated this horse from the start and he continues to improve, anything can happen in juvenile racing. “It appears to be a fairly open series with the Victorian trained performers looking the most likely with the likes of Emma Stewart and Geoff Webster both having impressive types while it’s rare for Mark Purdon to not have one of the top ranking colts. “Our guy is going to be based with Alan Tubbs and as long as he handles everything, I think we’re in with a good chance. When you break down his winning effort last week, it was very impressive and he’s trained on a treat since.” Champion reinsman Gavin Lang has been booked to drive during the Melbourne campaign. The $322,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final is scheduled for April 22 Chris Barsby. 

A change in scenery has worked wonders for giant harness racing pacer Ultimate Art. A recent decision from Kristy and Mick Formosa to send their stable star Ultimate Art north to Queensland is paying dividends following his recent open class thumping’s at Albion Park. Now prepared by husband and wife combination of Scott Miller and Shannon Price, Ultimate Art recorded his latest victory last Saturday night after parking without cover in the 1660m event before scoring comfortably in a time of 1:53.0. The big striding Modern Art entire was handled by Bart Cockburn. “He’s a quality animal, there’s no doubt about that and his recent form shouldn’t shock anyone because we know he’s got class and fierce determination." "It was a big call for Mick and Kirsty to send him up but everything is going well and hopefully he will hold his form for some time to come.” Miller said. And connections are already starting to look ahead. The Brisbane winter carnival in July is the immediate focus for Ultimate Art with the Sunshine Sprint and the Blacks A Fake being the major targets. Dual Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova is yet to reappear following his extended Perth campaign which resulted in the free-legged pacer running a monstrous fourth in the Inter Dominion Grand Final at Gloucester Park won by Lennytheshark; many now believe Ultimate Art could take the mantle as the state’s best pacer. “The winter carnival is clearly our long range target with him but we’ll just take a race at a time for now and we’re thrilled with the way he settled in and performing." "I know Bart is very happy with the way he’s finished off his past two starts and he’s come through both races really well." “While Avonnova is still working back-up to race condition, I think this is great for his confidence and we’ll look forward to challenge when they finally meet down the track." "I’m sure they’ll clash often when both are up and going but for the time being, we’re happy to see him doing what he’s doing." “He wasn’t the best of travelers in the past and with based near Newcastle, it’s obviously a big round trip for him to race at Menangle and the fact we’re quite close to Albion Park is a big advantage for him." He travels comfortably and heads straight for his feed tin once he’s unloaded on race night; it’s making a big difference with less time spent in the float.” Miller said Ultimate Art will back-up and race again this Saturday night. “We won’t overdo it with him but it’s a nice race for him and he’s come through last week really well so we’re happy to start him again." “The aim is the winter carnival and we’ll continue to plot our path to those bigger races as they get closer.” Ultimate Art was an Inter Dominion Grand Finalist in 2015 at TABCORP Park, Menangle when 7th behind Beautide. Chris Barsby

Team Raboki gained a pass mark. The astute training combination of Shannon Price and Scott Miller ventured to the Albion Park harness racing trials yesterday (Tuesday) with many of their stablestars and walked away contently with their efforts. Classy mares Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial headlined their attack and the four-year-olds finished one/two in the 1660m workout in a time of 1:58.6 while the final half was covered in 56.8 seconds. It was Bettorthanspecial who finished best to score after sitting three back on the pegs and sprinting hardest to run down Bettor Promise while stablemates Ideal Situation held third after leading and Chevals Clivesdale made good late ground for fourth. “It was a pleasing start for all involved and we can hopefully build on that now as we look to kick off the New Year. I was happy with both mares and they will certainly improve on that effort but I will definitely look to trial them again before looking at a race return.” Co-trainer Scott Miller said. Both mares enjoyed solid success last season with Bettor Promise winning the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 3yo Fillies Final defeating Bettorthanspecial while they both filled placings in other classics throughout the term. The Rising Stars Championships proved to be a goldmine for both mares last season but with the series discontinued, connections are now looking for other alternatives. “They were great because it enabled you to chase some good prizemoney in between other targets throughout the year, it gave you something to aim at and then chase it but they weren’t easy to win. Sure, we got lucky along the way and both mares snared a few but it was never easy. “We actually haven't got anything to aim at right now with these mares now that those races have been scrapped so we’ll just take them along nice and steady and see if we can find something along the way. We will sit down and go through all the programs and see if anything jumps out after their next trial. “Both mares come back on fairly loose marks and we’ll start looking at interstate features in the coming months and see if we can find something suitable south of the border. They would need to keep improving before we look at any major mare’s events but you never know what can happen in this game, things can change pretty dramatically.” Meanwhile, last start Gr.1 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies winner Special Moment is expected back at the trials next week as she prepares for a busy season of racing ahead. The Bettor's Delight filly will focus on local events but connections believe she has improved during her time away from the track. “The plan is to trial her and Rocknrollhighlight (QBRED consolation winner) next week, both fillies are likely to have two trials before racing again because they both had lengthy breaks following their rookie campaigns. “Both fillies have returned in good shape and we’re hopeful they can measure up again, we know we got lucky winning the Triad with Special Moment. I think Grant Dixon and his fillies (Get in the Groove & Cherish the Moment) look the testing material.” Talented junior reinsman Paul Diebert is set to join the stables in the coming weeks. by Chris Barsby

With the state’s best pacer Avonnova chasing the Inter Dominion prize this weekend, several others have their eye on the local harness racing prize. The Listed $25,000 Lord Mayors Cup at Albion Park is the feature event and a quality field has been assembled including the classy duo from the stables of Shannon Price and Scott Miller. The husband and wife combination prepare Caesars Folly and American Legend and both will be heavily fancied to claim the prize after boasting excellent recent form. Caesars Folly returns from a Sydney campaign while American Legend enters the event as a last start winner after coming from last with his trademark finishing burst. “Both the Lord Mayors and Christmas Cups have been on our radar for some time and knowing that Ian (Gurney) is away with his trio (Avonnova, Our Hi Jinx & Mach Alert) for the Inter Dominion in Perth, we thought we had a good chance of picking up one or hopefully both races.” Miller said. Both horses have proven to be perennial performers at Albion Park and just recently, Caesars Folly was beaten narrowly in the Grand Circuit opener of the season with his neck second behind Our Hi Jinx in the Gr.1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship on October 24. Caesars Folly went winless in his two start Menangle mission last month finishing 7th behind Freyburg before backing up the following week when 4th behind Lochinver. Connections were left disappointed. “There were no excuses for him in either start down there, he went down in perfect order and off a really good run in the QPC but he simply didn’t fire. If we pinpoint one issue during his campaign, it was during that heatwave and he was feeling it but that’s something every horse had to deal with. “Since being back home in his normal environment he seems like his old self and we’re expecting a good showing from him, his record at the track is very good, it’s a massive class drop for him and he should end up with a good trip from his trailing draw. “American Legend continues to step up and his two runs this campaign have been excellent; he was up against a pace bias first up but his sectionals were brilliant coming out of his latest victory. He’ll probably drift back from that awkward draw but he only needs some luck to be very dangerous in this race. I don’t think either horse will far from the action.” Both horses will back-up next week in the Listed $25,000 Christmas Cup. The stable also have an excellent chance in the feature trot this weekend, the $12,000 Statewide Taxation Trotters Christmas Cup with former Victorian Drunken Maniac looming as a major force. Since relocating north, Drunken Maniac has been placed in all six starts at Albion Park including his close third on Tuesday behind Jarvsofaks, a rival again this weekend. “He’s a consistent trotter with a great will and he’s been a nice addition to the stable, he’s actually on the market for sale and would be a great boost to any stable.” Miller said. Drunken Maniac meets in-form trotters Releven Dream, Tyron Lochie, Sharons Millicent and Goldstar Invasion in the 2138m stand-start feature. by Chris Barsby   Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 12 December 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 12 December 2015

Interstate trips for Caesars Folly have been few and far between. In fact, the talented Queensland harness racing pacer has only chased rich purses south of the border on two previous occasions, both trips made to Melbourne chasing the Australasian Breeders Crown. While he performed well on each trip, he didn’t win the major prize. But the husband and wife combination of Scott Miller and Shannon Price are looking to right that wrong this weekend. Caesars Folly makes his Sydney debut on Saturday night in the Gr.3 $31,800 SEW Eurodrive Open Class at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “He’s battled some injuries and setbacks since his last interstate trip but he deserving of this trip because his current form is first class and this race fits his schedule perfectly. We’re hoping to win this race and then return home to tackle both the Lord Mayors and Christmas Cups at Albion Park next month.” Co-trainer Miller said. The Christian Cullen – Lillian gelding has returned in excellent form this campaign including a narrow defeat in the Grand Circuit opener at Albion Park last month when runner-up to Our Hi Jinx in the Queensland Pacing Championship. Last week, he flashed late when second behind Mach Alert in a time of 1:52.9 while the final 800m was covered in 54.8 seconds. “We’re thrilled with the way he’s returned this campaign; he badly needed the run first-up in the Gold Coast Cup behind Bling It On in track record time while he past two efforts have been really encouraging. We think he’s back to his very best form, he’s a very talented horse and he’s capable of racing against the best opposition. “We think the style of racing at Menangle will suit his racing pattern and you would expect a bit of pressure early in this race looking at the field. The draw looks fair on paper but hopefully we can land a good spot and be close to the action before unleashing his sprint at the finish, he’s handled the road trip really well and settled in nicely at Blake’s (Fitzpatrick) property. “The open class features back home next month will be his next assignment, the Lord Mayors and Christmas Cups but this race came up at the right time so we’re giving it a shot. Having a driver like James Rattray engaged is good because he knows the local form as well as anybody and we think his style will suit Tiny (Caesars Folly).” The $25,000 Lord Mayors Cup is scheduled for December 12 while the $25,000 Christmas is the following week, both are Listed features. The hit/run missions to Sydney have proven fruitful for the Logan Reserve couple in recent times including victories with the likes of American Legend and Chevals Clivesdale quickly coming to mind. by Chris Barsby

Smart Queensland pacer Terror Time has been sold and will do his future harness racing in North America. The former Gr.1 Nursery Pace winner was trained throughout his career by husband and wife combination of Shannon Price and Scott Miller and now heads to stables of leading horseman Darren Cassar, a native of Sydney. In recent times, Cassar has enjoyed good success with former ‘down under’ pacers including Montana Pablo, Erle Dale, Mr Hasani, Lettucerocku and many others. Terror Time, a homebred gelded son of Western Terror out of the Camtastic mare Kotare Cameo won 23 of his 73 career starts while banking close to $300,000 in prizemoney. “Wilson (Terror Time) did a wonderful job for us and he’s a very special horse to the family for a number of reasons." "The fact we bred him, raced him and claimed a major event in his first season of racing has left us with memories forever.” Shannon Price said. Terror Time is due to fly to North America on Sunday week (August 2). From 21 starts this season, Terror Time has won only twice while competing at the highest level. At his most recent start, Terror Time finished toward the rear of the field behind star four-year-old Bling It On in a mile rate of 1;54.0 at Albion Park on July4 “It’s hard at the elite level and he found it tough going if he didn’t draw well, you’re relying on a fair bit of luck going your way and unfortunately we didn’t get any with him this term." "Some of his efforts have been really good; he went back to back in April and May and rated good time on both occasions." “My favourite memory of him would easily be the Nursery Pace victory because we didn’t expect to win that night and he fairly and squarely defeated Soho Valencia." "It was pouring down rain that night and although we had excellent lead-in form, Soho Valencia was expected to win but Wilson charged down the outside to win it." “He’ll do a nice job up there because he’s strong and holds his speed well, he’s always been very well looked after and he hasn’t been overly raced for his age." "It will be fun to monitor his progress and watch him race via SKY Channel, I just wonder how his best mate Baxter (American Legend) is going to cope without him being around.” Terror Time was bred and raced by the late Tony Price along with his wife, Katy. Chris Barsby

The 2015 Albion Park winter carnival came to a dramatic close on Saturday night. On a program that boasted four Group One features with strong prizemoney attached and a majority of leading trainers and drivers from around the southern hemisphere represented, harness racing fans were set for a huge night of entertainment. And they got what they were asking for. Brilliant Victorian three-year-old Menin Gate added to his impressive list of feature race victories this season by winning the $150,000 Queensland Derby when leading throughout defeating a gallant My Kiwi Mate and Queensland Oaks victor Fight For Glory in the 2680m feature. Sent straight to the lead by his reinsman Chris Alford from his ideal draw, the $1.40 favourite scored decisively in a time of 1;57.9. He covered his final mile in splits of 30.5, 30.1, 27.9 & 27.6 seconds. Prepared by Larry Eastman, the big striding gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has now claimed the Victoria, Gold Coast and Queensland Derby’s plus the Vicbred Super Series Final this term. Menin Gate Comeback pacer Philadelphia Man gave his loyal army of supporters plenty to cheer about when he proved too classy for his rivals winning the $125,000 UBET Blacks A Fake. Having only his second run back from a lengthy break, the Emma Stewart prepared Art Major entire worked hard early before finding the lead at the 1800m from local mare Forever Gold. After being perfectly rated by Gavin Lang, the $2.10 favourite scored a convincing victory from a brave Forever Gold while Avonnova fought strongly to hold third placing. The 2680m open-class feature was covered in a mile rate of 1;56.8. The last mile was covered in splits of 31.4, 29.9, 27.6 & 27.7 seconds. Philadelphia Man is now unbeaten in two runs back this campaign while providing Stewart with her biggest victory in the sunshine state. Philadelphia Man Most expected the Victorians to claim the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Fillies Final with the brilliant Heavens Trend, but her erratic behavior cost her victory. Improving local filly Special Moment ($35.10) caused a boilover downing Sweet As Candy and Aussie Vista in a mile rate of 1;58.0. The victory provided another feature race victory for Shannon Price and Scott Miller plus winning reinsman Brad Cowen during this carnival. Passing the 400m marker, Heavens Trend raced to the lead from Get In The Groove but raced greenly before ultimately galloping which left Trista Dixon (Get in The Groove) unseated while Covert Beauty and her driver Mark Dux crashed to the track. All horses and drivers involved in the incident were ok. Special Moment In the $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo colts and geldings Final, the fast finishing burst from Leos Best ($8.60) proved too much for his rivals in the 1660m feature event. Leos Best, trained and driven by Grant Dixon, forced clear of an early pocket and relished a strong speed to defeat Roarn and Catcha Lefty in a career best time of 1;54.8. The Cammibest gelding has now claimed two feature events this season after winning the Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series Classic last month. And the Gr.2 $50,000 Landfill Logistics 4yo Championship was taken out in brilliant fashion by New South Wales mare Sweet Molly Oshea ($11.80) for trainer Blake Hewitt and winning reinsman Gavin Lang. After racing without cover, the Mach Three mare proved too strong for Alleluia and Bling It On in a race record time of 1;54.7 for the 2138m journey. Club officials were thrilled with the big crowd in attendance to conclude a strong carnival.  

During the past decade, only two local harness racing fillies have repelled the raiders to claim the Queensland Oaks. And they weren’t just any fillies. Outstanding mare Forever Gold was the most recent following her triumph in 2011 while All Promises scored back in 2007, one of three Oaks titles she claimed that season. All Promises was prepared by husband and wife team of Shannon Price and Scott Miller. This year, the astute couple have a dual-pronged attack heading into the Gr.1 $100,000 Greg & Sharon Mitchell Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on Saturday night. Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial will sport the black and red livery. And both fillies boast excellent claims. “We’re hopeful that both fillies will perform at their high level again this weekend; this has obviously been a major target all season long and they’re fit and in-form so we’ve got a chance." "Their preparation has been really solid so we can’t make any excuses for either of them prior to Saturday night, they’re ready to go.” Co-trainer Miller said. The two fillies fought out the finish of the $20,000 Rising Stars Championship Final last weekend with Bettorthanspecial edging out Bettor Promise in a mile rate of 1;54.3 for the 1660m event. It was the seventh time the two fillies have finished one/two under race conditions. “We were thrilled with the way both fillies performed last week and both have come through that race in very good shape, it just topped them off for the Oaks this weekend so it’s all systems go." "We’ve got handy front-line draws and both should find spots fairly quickly." “It’s a very strong field headed up by the two New Zealand fillies, they’ve looked very good in their Brisbane starts to date and loom as the hardest to beat." "I’m expecting a genuine speed and that should suit both of our fillies, their efforts in the Gold Coast Oaks recently proved we’re close to them." “Bettor Promise is a good staying type of filly while Bettorthanspecial is a very capable sit/sprint type, they both have strong records and the distance is ideal for both." "Like most, we just need that little bit of luck going our way but I think they’re both good enough to take it.” Win, lose or draw this weekend, both fillies are expected to tackle the Gr.3 $30,000 Redcliffe Oaks on August 1 before heading to well-earned break. Both fillies have won seven races this season including several features. Bettor Promise claimed the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final on May 30 at Albion Park defeating her stablemate. Hoofnote; All Promises, a winner of the Queensland, Redcliffe and Australian Oaks is the older half-sister to Bettor Promise. Chris Barsby

Special Moment, the baby sister to Saturday night's G1 Queensland Oaks prospect Bettorthanspecial broke through for her maiden victory at the harness racing meeting at Redcliffe Paceway today and completed a 2yo race double for trainer Shannon Price. Taking full advantage of filly’s good barrier draw, driver Brad Cowen found the top early and Special Moment was not headed from start to finish, scoring in a three way drive to the line. The daughter of Bettors Delight fought off a determined mid race challenge from the short-priced race favourite Steveejay (Peter Greig) and stole a winning break on the opposition on the final turn. Steveejay was under heavy pressure to hold its position and yielded the second spot to Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen). Special Moment held a 1.5 metre winning margin on that pair. At five previous starts Special Moment had been winless but looked much more like a racehorse in this event rating 1.59.1 for the 1780 metre Redcliffe circuit. The filly is the third foal of Specialagentcullen an unraced sister to Sydney Cup winner Secretagent Cullen ($337,606). Special Moment’s 3yo sister Bettorthanspecial was victorious in the 2014 G2 2yo Triad Final and was runner up in May in the G1 3yo Triad Final won by its stablemate Bettor Promise. Bettorthanspecial, the winner of her last two starts shoots for her first Group 1 victory in Saturday night’s Greg & Sharon Mitchell Queensland Oaks at Albion Park. Price and Cowen also teamed up to win the first 2yo race at Redcliffe withRocknrollhighlight. The filly by Rocknroll Hanover was having its fourth start and also broke through for its first race win. Rocknrollhighlights came with a three wide run to score in a close finish by a neck over Frankie Rocks (Grant Dixon) rating 2.00.9. Buddy Babcock (Rob Gorman) finished third. Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson) was very impressive in winning the third of the 2yo races at Redcliffe. Settling at the tail of the field, Sanderson whipped around those in front of him and the race favourite exploded away for a commanding 19.3 metre victory in 2.00.7 rate for the 1780m distance. The Western Edition gelding trained at Tamborine by Michelle Grimsey took its career record to three wins from 9 starts. Ima Rock Princess (Peter Greig) and Irishtown Babe completed the minor placings. David Aldred

The harness racing favourites displayed their class in the QBRED Triad Finals at Albion Park last Saturday night. A pair of Gr.1 $100,000 finals was held for the three-year-olds and the results didn’t shock anyone with classy colt A Good Chance breaking through for a well-deserved triumph in the colts and geldings final while stablemates Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial fought out the finish in the fillies final. Sent off at odds of $1.30, A Good Chance speared straight to the front in the 2138m feature and was perfectly rated in front by his driver Chris Petroff before kicking clear heading off the back straight. In the home straight, A Good Chance held off a determined finish from Drifting Away to score by a half neck margin while Duke Jujon took inside to grab third some ten metres away. The mile rate was 1;57.5 with his final mile covered in splits of 31.5, 29.9 27.7 and 28.7 seconds. A Good Chance is raced by Maureen Smith while prepared by her husband Donny. The Mr Feelgood – Chance The Walk colt has amassed more than $155,000. In the fillies’ final, the Shannon Price trained Bettor Promise and Bettorthanspecial were expected to fight out the finish and it went to script. Almost. Bettorthanspecial was the best backed runner and started the favourite at $1.60 while Bettor Promise started at odds of $2.60 but it was the latter that led throughout to score in the feature event. Bettor Promise, handled by Bart Cockburn proved too strong defeating Bettorthanspecial while Feel The Faith ran an excellent third after working hard throughout. The mile rate was 1;57.0 with the final mile covered in splits of 29.1, 30.7, 29.2 and 28.5 seconds. The Price fillies repeated their efforts of last season with a top two finish in the Triad Final after Bettorthanspecial beat Bettor Promise but this season was a reverse result. The Bettor's Delight – As Promised filly has now banked more than $158,000. In the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad Final 4yo Mares Final, race favourite Joys A Babe proved too classy defeating Il Cavalino and Charming Allie in a time of 1;58.8 for the 2138m. Despite being crossed at the start by Il Cavalino, trainer/driver Grant Dixon quickly worked around to re-take the lead and put the event beyond doubt after scoring comfortably at the finish by 3.5 metres. The Art Major – Joy To Behold mare has built up a fine record for her owner/breeders Kevin and Kay Seymour and the victory pushed her earning past $200,000. Joys A Babe has won 16 of her 27 starts to date. In the 4yo entires and geldings final, Mafuta Vautin justified his favoritism ($1.40) when he led throughout defeating Raring To Go and The Duke Downunder. Mafuta Vautin recorded a time of 1;56.7 while running his final mile in splits of 31.1, 29.7, 28.9 and 28.6 seconds. Handled by young New Zealand born reinsman Adam Sanderson for trainer Darrel Graham, the Rollon Bigred – Ashleysplace gelding made a clean sweep of the QBRED features this term after taking the Breeders Classic earlier this season. Bred and raced by Albion Park committeeperson Linda Graham, Mafuta Vautin has now won 11 of his 15 starts with earnings approaching $100,000. Racing Queensland

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