Sales ride wave of optimism

WHEN the dust settles on the round of Inter-dominion heats on February 16, the very next day at Albion Park you have an opportunity to buy a yearling which might see you on the Grand Circuit in four years time, shooting for the same stars.

Yes, it's the Austalian Pacing Gold yearling sale, which is set for Brisbane, no doubt due to the mood of optimism in Queensland harness racing generated by the hope of a better future for the sport under the LNP.

The sale comprises 51 lots, with all the major studs represented.

No doubt there will be a number of 'buy backs' as vendors chase the $300,000 sale eligible two-year-old finals for both sexes next season.

Go along and get a feel of the market. After all you can only go as far as your budget dictates and, if other bidders have longer pockets, the APG is not for you.

No matter.

Less than two months later on Sunday, April 7, Darren Ebert Auctioneers will be at Redcliffe with 138 attractive lots to go under the hammer from noon.

It is the Redcliffe yearling sale and carries a $50,000 two-year-old race next season as the big sweetener.

This sale has been in growth mode since its inception due to the number of well performed horses which have come from the venue.

Maybe no superstars but a good percentage of horses which have paid their way season-to-season and are still viable racing propositions.

Catalogues are available, just Google Darren Ebert and Co and start studying pedigrees.

There may be a bus trip around the studs for a preview of stock, which is always handy.

Two spaced looks are better than just one in the heat of sale-day action.

Watch this space.


Process explained

LAST week you may remember this writer expressed some concern that the coming Inter-dominion grand final field selection process might be considered obscure.

This situation has now been rectified for all those with internet access.

Simply go to the Australian Harness Racing site, click on to Lead Stories and scroll down to TAB.COM.AU Inter-dominion update.

Here, the whole process is explained in concise and crystal-clear terms.

It is a reasonably lengthy document and this fact and copyright considerations prevent its reproduction here.


Bargain buys

IT REALLY is sale time.

If you think you might want a trotter rather than a pacer, and there are a host of reasons (apart from a total lack of two-year-old opportunity in the Sunshine State) why you should think this way, then you should be looking towards Sunday, March 24, at Tabcorp Park Melton (Victoria).

Described as the inaugural Australasian premier trotting sale, the line-up consists of 40 mouth-watering lots.

It is a premier draft in the true sense of the word and devotees of the diagonal gait should be googling <>, down-loading the catalogue and booking the flight to Melbourne.

No jokes here, this is 'bred in the purple' stock.

If you can't afford one of these, put a syndicate together.

In the meantime, while studying the list, give some thought to joining the Queensland Square Trotters Association so you can help to advance the cause of the trotter in your home state.

Given that we are in look-forward mode, there is no better vantage point than behind a juvenile trotter.

The QSTA will be holding its annual general meeting at Marburg Community Hall on Monday, February 18, at 7.30pm.

Twenty dollars gets you a jersey and a chance to push a very healthy cause.

Call this writer on 0408 352 478 for membership details.


Marburg action

MARBURG trials are on tomorrow morning.

Last Sunday, despite the heat, 32 horses took part in two education sessions and five trials.

The slow education is now a reality.

Just another service provided by the MPA for trainers who want to improve their strike rate.

Nominations from about 7.15am for education, 8am for trials, breakfast, hot and cold drinks. All welcome. Train a future winner or pick a future winner.

Marburg's the place.


Handy tips

Tonight's Albion Park selections: R 1 - E/w 4: Saucy Vision (S. Graham).

R 2: Quinella 1-4: Karter Brown (G. Dixon) and Mysis (M. Rue).

R 3: E/w 1: Highstead (P. McMullen).

R 4: Quinella 1-2: Highview Ebony (S. Graham) and Winsome Caesar (B. Cowen).

R 5: E/w 8: Marshall Law (G. Dixon).

R 6: E/w 1: Heathbern Diamond (D. Graham).

R 7: E/w 2: Sir Bobby Lashley (G. Bond).

R 8: Box trifecta 2-5-8: Breezy River (G. Bond), Wild Oates (S. Graham), Lots More Grins (P. McMullen).

R 9: Quinella 3-7: Oceania (C. Turpin) and Sun Lad (F. Bennett).


Winning Returns

Albion Park, January 12: Caesar Supreme (Darrel Graham for Adam Sanderson), Lots More Grins (Pete for John Davis).

Albion Park, January 15: Emperor Montana (Darrel Graham).

Redcliffe, January 16: Marlos (Cassie saunders for Al Barnes), Musto (T.Lambourn), Cold America (Narissa for John McMullen), Melton Maxbye (Pete for John McMullen).

Albion Park, January 17: Montana Tess (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham), Midnight Montana (Darrel Graham), Manhattan Montana (Darrel Graham), Christensen (Kelli Dawson for Phil Mitchell).

It was Darrel Graham week in both divisions.

Four wins training and four wins driving.Yahoo.

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