Age no barrier to passion
THE best news of the week came late on Thursday when Mt Walker- based Kenny Parker steered his home-bred mare Colada Rose to a 3m victory at Redcliffe.
It was the six-year-old daughter of Left By Colada and Mischievous Molly's first win in a career that had spanned 60 starts.
It was an "all-Ipswich" finish with second going to Madame Camelot (Dan Russell for Steve Towns) and Queens Crossing (Denis Smith).
Parker would have to be the oldest active trot driver in Queensland, at a sprightly 81 years of age.
It was a great sight to see, with the lightweight veteran charging straight to the front from alley six and setting a pace too hot for his rivals.
It just goes to show what love of a sport coupled with a steely determination to "bat on" when luck is not going your way, can achieve.
KP has taken his six-year-old mare along steadily and, being a believer in hard work and plain feed, "Rosie" has steadily improved in stamina to the point where, in recent weeks, she has been more in the money than out of it.
Thursday's win was no surprise.
PARKER was overjoyed with the win, recalling that his last trip down victory lane was in 2008 at Rocklea.
The whole event should be cause for thought amongst our modern-day administrators, who are hellbent on promoting only the young or current superstars to the detriment of trainers and drivers of mature years.
Those who guide our sport should be reminded that the horse does the running in this game and, as with Colada Rose and Kenny Parker, reasonable equine ability, coupled with good hands and years of experience in the sulky is the recipe for success.
Thursday was not only a personal success for Kenny Parker, it was a victory for the hobby trainers and drivers of Queensland.
They should take heart from this and just keep going that extra mile.
As to KP's age, he will be around on track for a good while yet, he is only as old as the horse he feels.
RACING at Marburg last Saturday was of the usual high standard, with Race 1 going to Los Amante (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham), which showed gate speed to lead from alley three, and going on to score from Penny Moreau (Gary Whitaker) and Lombo Rendezvous (Justin Storie). Margins were 18.4m x SHHD in a rate of 2-02.5.
Race 2: a stand start event, with Ohoka Utah (Lola for Julie Weidemann) stepping smartly to lead throughout and hold off Chevals Diamond (Jason Carkeet) and Diamante Maravu (Gary Whitaker). Margins were 1.8 metres x HFNK, the rate 2-03.2.
Race 3: veteran pacer Mr Moseby (Gary Whitaker for Mick Benham) led from barrier to box, defeating Hez To Blame (Noel Parrish) and Colada Rainbow (Mitchell Dawson). Margins, 3.1 metres x 6.8 in a rate of 2-04.5.
Race 4: Cammys Star (Lola Weideman) came from behind the leader and kept going to down Two Left Steps (Gary Whitaker), and the honest Colada Rose (Ken Parker). Margins were 1.4 metres x 9.1m, mile rate.
Race 5: Nod Dor (Dayl March) "got the nod" in the last of the day, sustaining a long sprint from 1 out 3 back at the bell, heading off Spirit Of Aurora (Nathan Dawson) and Its All Aces (Trevor Lambourn). 1.1 metres x HD were the margins in a rate of 2.04.1.
Oddly, for a Marburg meeting, only the first winner was locally trained.
The remainder came with two from Clifton, one from Warwick and the other from Toorbul, near Bribie island.
There is food for thought if that trend continues.
IF YOU are a hobby breeder, and thinking of breeding a pacer this season, you should be looking at Enrique NZ (Presidential Ball x Hint x Holmes Hanover), a horse that gets you in with a definite chance at just $500 with a live foal guarantee.
Multiple winners by this horse include Enrique Of Malacca (1-55.1), Teenteeitsdynamite (1-58.0), Jinky Johnson NZ (1.59) and Ronnoco NZ four wins to date.
Contact Colin Knox at Braycrest Park Thagoona on 07 5464 5380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AN UPDATE on the recycling exercise of standard-bred Ideal Guy (Andy) from race track to dressage arena.
Progress for the attractively marked chestnut has been remarkable with "Andy" headed to Equitana in Melbourne next month, where he will give a one-hour display of his talents in one of equitation's most technical disciplines.
Given the reputation of the people involved with the ex-pacer, this show will be something out of the box.
DON'T forget the Annual General Meeting of the Marburg Pacing Association takes place tomorrow after the unofficial trials.
Come along and see where the MPA is at and where it is headed.
Trials nominations are taken at 7.15am and education goes at about 8am. Best "brekky burgers", tea, coffee and cold drinks, all at rock bottom prices.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R 1 - Box trifecta 3-6-7: Ima Sea Storm (L. McCarthy)-Ohoka Du Nord (B. Cockburn)-Supabet (C. Turpin).
R 2: E/w 6: Jack Rustler (S. Graham).
R 3: Quinella 5-11: Master Pip (G. Dixon) and Beaver (M. Gillies).
R 4: E/w 1: Threo (T. Lambourn).
R 5: Box trifecta 2-4-9: Place Your Bet (B. Cowen)-Magic Franco (M. Neilson)-True Desire (B. Cockburn).
R 6: Quinella 2-13 Avonnova (S. Graham) and Majestic Major (G. Dixon).
R 7: Box trifecta 1-14-15: Mister Malakye (K. Rasmussen)-Gold Star Invasion (S. Graham)-Our Overanover (G. Dixon).
R8: E/w 7: Major Sam (D. Graham).
R 9: Quinella 1-10: Rani Major (G. Dixon) and Highview Ember (C. Turpin).
R 10: Box trifecta 5-6-8: Cold Ideal (C. Cini)-Horace Foxley (P. Greig)-Timeseel (K. Rasmussen)
The leader board says that Darrel Graham was top trainer with four winners for the week while Trevor Lambourn, carrying on his recent run of success and Adam Sanderson, shared driving honours at two apiece.
Albion Park, October 10: Newmerella Fella (Brett for Max Towns).
Albion Park, October 11: Montana Falcon (Brittany for Darrel Graham); Franco Bulgari (Narissa McMullen); Highview Ember (Chantal Turpin).
Albion Park, October 14: Just A Fling (Denis Smith); Major Command (Trevor Lambourn); Therecomesatime (Luke McCarthy for Ron Sallis); Threo (Trevor Lambourn).
Redcliffe, October 15: Art In Paris (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham); Exotique (Trent for Geoff Dawson).
Redcliffe, October 16: Colada Rose (Kenny Parker); The Reverend Black (Darrel Graham).