Albion Park provides sale of dreams

AUTUMN is upon us, and with it come the yearling sales.

The Brisbane segment of The Australian Pacing Gold sale will be conducted on Sunday at Albion Park.

The following is an excerpt from the Harness Racing Australia website in regard to the sale.

Sunday's APG Brisbane Sale offers buyers more earning opportunities than any Standardbred sale ever conducted in Australia.

Not only will yearlings be eligible for APG's million dollar race series and lucrative gold bonus scheme, but they will also be eligible to compete in a $100,000 Brisbane Sales race that is exclusively restricted to the 50 yearlings catalogued for this Sunday's Brisbane sale.

While most people know about the unbelievably generous $100,000 Sales race being conducted by Albion Park HRC, many buyers are unaware that Brisbane yearlings are historically APG's best performed yearlings (on a price: earnings basis).

"Dollar for dollar, APG's Brisbane Sale yearlings offer the best return for buyers out of any of the major sales" explained APG's general manager David Boydell.

"At the top end, buyers that spend more than $20,000 in Brisbane historically have a two-thirds chance of landing a winner, with the average winner earning in excess of $100,000 (excluding bonuses) which is more than four times their average purchase price.

"While there is no doubting the earning potential of horses at the top end, even the more modestly priced Brisbane Sale graduates have forged an outstanding record, with horses that cost less than $10,000 going on to record average earnings of close to $50,000 per winner, headed by the likes of Miss Galvinator ($1.1m), Our Galvinator ($634,161), I Am Sam ($531,702), Atomic Ark ($435,113) and Elzar ($335,229)."

Sunday's Brisbane catalogue looks particularly strong, with over half of the yearlings coming from sub two minute mares.

The sale includes progeny of outstanding race mares like Courageous Annie NZ ($201,551), Pole Dancer ($186,352), English Elegance NZ ($174,922) and Catwalk Beauty ($156,566), as well as progeny from some exceptional maternal families.

New South Wales and Victorian buyers will be delighted to note that over three-quarters of the yearlings are eligible for one or more NSW and/or Victorian futurities, including Bathurst, NSW Challenge, Vicbred and the Breeders Crown.

This means that interstate buyers can take the yearlings home to run in their home state's major futurities, then pop back over the border for Albion Park's $100,000 race towards the end of the season.

It is interesting to note that, in this writer's 54 years experience (52 hands on), there appears to be an overall improvement in some aspects of the breed.

We seem to be on the edge of predictable outcomes, with the Classic winning juveniles coming, in the main, from Classic winning fillies.

It is however, difficult to look back across the years and compare today's super stars, both juvenile and mature, with those of half a century ago.

Tracks are better, synthetic harness is far better than leather on the basis of weight alone, and trainers today have realized that alloy shoes are the key to the horse being able to carry his or her top speed far longer than when shod in steel at twice or three times the weight.

Sunday's horses will not be cheap. There will be inflated buy backs, which blight any sale.

For the duration of Sunday's auction, Albion Park will be, for many potential buyers, the land of dreams.

Before you nod or raise your program, consider the words of international working class activist Egon Kisch, who visited this country in the 1920's and was summarily deported.

"The once noble sport of horse racing has become a lottery in which the tickets have four legs,'' he said.

An interesting stat from the above is the ratio of purchase price to lifetime earnings.

No one knows the earning capacity of a horse until it retires.

The best indicator is average earning earnings per start over career so far.

Consider the current position of DESTREOS.

Sally Stingel's wonder horse has gone to the races on 398 occasions, has won 89, run 65 seconds and 58 thirds and comes home every time with $1829.96.


Marburg meeting

MARBURG races next week.

It's a normal five race card with monster meat tray raffle, $150 free bet courtesy of Terry Picone, "pick the card'' jackpotted to $350 courtesy of Fast Work Horse Supplies (Peter Steele) and all the usual budget priced high quality country cooking and unbeatable bar prices.

Trials start 11am and the first race is about 12.30pm.


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Chattanoogachoochoo (B. Graham)-All I Want S. Graham)-Lachie Maguire (P. Diebert).

R2: Box trifecta 1-3-11: Isaac (M. Purcell)-Magic Oats (B. Barnes)-Bennys Ace (M. Neilson).

R3: Quinella 1-2: Camelot Bay (M. Dux) and Deano Robyn (G. Dixon).

R4: Quinella 1-8: One Eyed Terror (P. Greig) and Major Command (T. Lambourn).

R5: Box trifecta 2-3-4: He Gets It (T. Moffat)-Vader (N. Dawson)-Reddy Fire (P. Matis).

R6: E/w 2: Couldn't Resist (M. Neilson).

R7: E/w 8: Gallymont Sport (T. Dawson).

R8: E/w 6: Lucky Lefty (T. Moffat).

R9: No 3: Destreos (K. Dawson).

R10: E/w 9: Temporary Use (S. Graham).

R11: Box trifecta 1-5-8: Sodeska (G. Harris)-Astral Traveller (L. Weidemann)-Blue Don (G. Dixon).


Honour board

PETE McMullen was again the top driver with six wins for the week and wife Chantal was top trainer, leading in four for the same period. Most pleasing efforts for the week were Solar Fling, for Francis Weston, and Greg Elkins training Surface To Air and Kyms Boy.

Gold Coast at Albion Park, February 26: Solar Fling (Steve Doherty for Francis Weston); Surface To Air (Greg Elkins); Kyms Boy (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins); Vader (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers).

Albion Park, February 27: Chattanoogachoochoo Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Karlo Kix (Barty Cockburn); Lachie Maguire (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); My Crazy Ex (Pete for Chantal Turpin-McMullen); Ultimate Art (Barty Cockburn for Shannon Price); Drunken Maniac (Barty Cockburn).

Albion Park, March 1: Drunken Maniac (Barty Cocburn); No Bones About It (Pete for Lisa Bahr); Bettabe Perfect (Pete for Chantal Turpin-McMullen); Destreos (Kelli Dawson for Ken Rattray); Goodtime Stride (Rob Gorman); Zaras Delight (Barty Cockburn for Mick Butler); Nolonga Your Choice (Rob Gorman for Rachel Scott).

Redcliffe, March 2: Call Me Yours (Pete for Chantal Turpin-McMullen); Blytheburn (Pete for Chantal Turpin-McMullen); Our Shards Of Ice (Tim Gillespie); Bella Rippin (Pete for Jamie Donovan).

Gold Coast at Redcliffe, March 3: Cee Ar Rail (Matt Elkins for Debbie Belford); Martinson (Shane Graham for Mark Rees); Tiani Alice (Gary Whitaker for D. Shaw); Adriatic Coast (Rob Gorman).

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