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Queensland's leading harness racing reinswoman has been disqualified for a year for providing a gap for her husband to win a race. Harness racing stewards have disqualified Trista Dixon for her drive on the gelding Foursharesmorebeers at Albion Park on Saturday night. Stewards found Dixon deliberately moved her horse inwards at the 100m mark to afford the horse Our Overanova, driven by her husband Grant, clear running after it had been blocked for a run at various stages in the home straight. Grant Dixon trained both horses. In the process of giving her husband a clear run Mrs Dixon interfered with the horse Iona Grinner which was inside her horse. Our Overanova won the race but stewards swiftly opened an inquiry and have disqualified Trista Dixon with immediate affect. The disqualification casts another shadow over the controversial harness racing industry which has been rocked by unrelated charges of race-rigging over the past year. Three of the top six drivers of recent seasons – Shane Graham, Bart Cockburn and Matthew Neilson – have been the subject of race-fixing charges. The Dixons are the most successful husband and wife team in the Queensland harness-racing industry. Last season Trista drove 83 winners for more prizemoney than any other Queensland reinswoman while Grant trained more than twice as many winners as anyone in the state. The Queensland harness industry is on its knees following the race-fixing investigations and participants are fearing for its future. The industry wants government support for a new grandstand at Albion Park and a new track at the Gold Coast to replace the old one which will be used as part of the Commonwealth Games precinct. But the chances of government support are reduced with every scandal. By Robert Craddock Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

Team Dixon dominated the feature card of harness racing at Albion Park tonight (Saturday). The powerhouse stable took both feature events, the $20,000 Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios Classic and the $20,000 Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final. Red Charmer ($16.90) stormed down the outside to claim victory in the juvenile event defeating Well Disguised ($18.30) and Datsgood ($1.60 fav) in a time of 1:57.4. The Mr Feelgood – Rhapsody In Red filly is raced by her breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour. It was start number two tonight for Red Charmer and her maiden success. It was proved a great result for Mr Feelgood, siring the winner and the third placegetter which is a timely boost with the Queensland yearling sales starting next week. The stable was heavily fancied to win the event with Colt Thirty One but he was a late scratching earlier in the day. Former New Zealand trotter Foursharesmorebeers ($4.40) scored a thrilling victory in the Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final defeating Scorched ($2.70) by a nose margin while Illdoitwhenimready ($5.90) finished a further 8m away in third. The time was 3:27.2 which gave Foursharesmorebeers a mile rate of 2:05.5 for the 2647m stand-start feature. Foursharesmorebeers is raced by Greg Mitchell. First staged in 2011, it is the first time the Dixon stable has won the Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final. Team Dixon won 5 of the 10 races staged tonight including both features while Monarkmac, The Black Assassin and Joys A Babe also proved triumphant. Trista Dixon took driving honours with a treble after partnering Monarkmac, Joys A Babe and Red Charmer. And given her excellent form in recent weeks, Trista now moves into outright second in the metropolitan driver’s premiership trailing Grant by 6 wins. Grant has driven 32 metro winners while Trista sits second with 26 winners. Team Dixon leads the National Trainers Premiership also and hold a healthy lead over Perth based husband and wife team of Greg and Skye Bond while Bathurst horseman Steve Turnbull sits third. Racing Queensland

Harness racing driver Trista Dixon created history at Albion Park tonight (Saturday). The 28-year-old mother of two drove five winners at the metropolitan meeting, no other female driver has achieved the feat previously at the sunshine state’s premier harness venue. From six drives at the meeting, Dixon scored with Joys A Babe, Feel The Faith, Max Richter, Rocknrollhighlight and Justabitnoisy. Her husband and leading trainer Grant prepared her first four winners while her catch drive behind the trotter Justabitnoisy was prepared by Doug Lee. In her other drive, Dixon finished third behind Tightrope. Lola Weidemann has driven five winners at a meeting on six previous occasions but never before at Albion Park, her hauls coming at Rockhampton (x 2), Townsville (x 2), Rocklea and Mackay. Miss Inter Dominion Natalie Rasmussen has driven five winners at a meeting previously, her haul coming at the Gold Coast back in 2008 while Julie Weidemann has also landed five winners at a meeting when successful at Rockhampton back in 2005. Three female drivers have landed winning quartets at Albion Park previously including Kylie Rasmussen (x 4), Natalie Rasmussen (x 2) and Narissa McMullen. Only one female driver has driven six winners at a single meeting, record setting reinswoman Kerryn Manning has achieved the feat on three separate occasions – Moonee Valley (2000), Nyah (2005) and Ararat (2005). In total, nine female drivers have driven five winners at a single meeting. This list includes Kerryn Manning (x 9), Amanda Turnbull (x 9), Lauren Tritton (x 8) and Lola Weidemann (x 6) are all multiple winners while Kate Gath, Danielle Hill, Jodi Quinlan, Natalie Rasmussen and Julie Weidemann have also achieved the feat previously. Dixon joins Manning (x 3 – Moonee Valley) and Hill (Globe Derby) for achieving the feat at a metropolitan venue. A relatively late starter in the driving caper, Dixon has now driven in excess 110 career winners and currently sits in the Top 5 metropolitan premiership race at Albion Park. Her feature race victories include the 2015 Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final with Get In The Groove for 2yo fillies plus the 2015 Listed $25,000 Flashing Red with Magical Mel, both winners prepared by Grant. Dixon lists Majestic Mach (35 wins - $792k) as her best horse driven. Congratulations Trista Dixon. Chris Barsby

Classy Queensland filly Get In The Groove looks set for another busy harness racing season ahead. The Mach Three – Get Happy filly proved her class during her rookie season resulting in a victory in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final before bad luck marred the remainder of her term. The Grant Dixon prepared youngster was badly checked in the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad Final which ultimately unseated driver Trista Dixon before venturing south to Melbourne for the Australasian Breeders Crown series. A stylish semi-final victory paved the way for the final but that’s where her luck ended because the final was dominated by the freakish New Zealand filly Our Dream About Me. Get In The Groove ended her maiden season of racing with a 4th placing in the $288,000 final. But now she’s back and ready to go following two recent trial victories at her home track of Albion Park. “We gave her a good break following the Melbourne campaign and she thrived during her time away from the track, she’s always been a big girl and now she’s been able to grow into her frame which augers well for the future. I’m happy with how she’s coming along and the trials were definitely required, she had a good blow after both hit-outs.” Dixon said. Get In The Groove came from behind and used the passing lane to win her first trial on December 8 at Albion Park before leading throughout yesterday (Tuesday) in much quicker time. The big striding filly only rated 2:01.4 with a final quarter of 28.5 seconds in that initial trial but rolled along in a time of 1:57.4 with the final half covered in 57.3 seconds in her latest public showing. “It was a nice trial and she proved she’s ready to go again, her warm-up was good and she felt comfortable in front while rolling along by herself but quickened when required. The runner-up (Georgia Grace) is a proven feature race winner so I think the form out of the trial will be fairly handy. “I’m yet to sit down and map a campaign for her just yet but I’ll be doing that in the coming days, the obvious features will include the QBRED features while an Oaks feature would be great for her long term value. “The current crop of QBRED fillies looks pretty handy with a number of likely prospects starting to pop back-up again. I’ve also got Cherish The Moment in my team but I think Get In The Groove is my by best prospect at this stage, she’s classy and very professional.” Get In The Groove managed 4 victories from 7 starts last season. Meanwhile, Cherish The Moment is yet to rejoin the Dixon stables but the Mach Three – Cherry Cheer filly is back in pre-training with Peter Bell at Goldrush Lodge on the Darling Downs. Cherish The Moment scored 2 wins and 2 placings from 4 starts last season. Both fillies are raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour. by Chris Barsby

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