Bling It On at highest level
AS we roll into the winter carnival, ace trots caller Chris Barsby is profiling Free For All class pacers which are likely shine in the Group One line-up.
Under the spotlight this week is Bling It On.
The five-year entire is owned by Harvey Kaplan, Peter and Zilla O'Shea, Tracey Lamb and Allan Fairley.
Trained by Belinda McCarthy and driven by husband Luke, the son of American ideal and the Caprock mare Alldatglitters isgold has a healthy bank balance of $1,077,731 from a 62 start career which has produced 38 wins.
Among these are the Group 1 Queensland Derby, Group 1 Gold Coast Cup and the Group 1 Australasian Breeders Crown 2yo Final.
Bling It On is aimed at the "big two" - The $50,000 Sunshine Sprint on July 9 and the $200,000 "Blacks A Fake" a week later.
Barsby says: "A rare type that has achieved at the highest level each and every year he has raced and his love affair for Queensland is well documented. Given the hard and relentless style of racing in Brisbane, he's always going to be a major threat because of his brilliant acceleration and point to point speed. Expect him to be a serious player again this winter."
It is often said that a particular race is "so and so's race" in the same fashion as the Melbourne Cup, which is always associated with the late Bart Cummings (12 wins) and the Inter-Dominion. That always calls to mind the record of Brian Hancock who drove, trained and drove, and trained but drove another stable entry to win no less than seven grand finals.
An interesting stat emerged after Kevin and Kay Seymour took out the two 3yo Triad Finals last Saturday night. K and K, racing and breeding as Solid Earth Pty Ltd, have won no less than 23 Triad Finals across the three age groups.
Even more satisfying is that all bar one of the winners are homebreds, the sole exception being the 2015 2yo colts and geldings winner, Leos Best, purchased by Kevin Seymour at the Redcliffe Yearling sale with bonus breeding certificates.
Whatever way you look at it, it is a phenomenal performance.
At the other end of the spectrum,but pleasing none the less, is the return to the sulky after serious illness, of veteran trainer driver, Kenny Parker.
Parker, who is in his 84th year, has been at the last two Saturday workout sessions, trialling his bonny mare, Colada Rose.
The duo are pacing their return to the serious business of racing, but like the water on the rocks, they will get there.
Man and horse have something to aim for, as 80 year old Alan Smith drove a metro trot winner at Globe Derby Park in South Australia last week.
Critics of veteran drivers should re-jig their thinking a bit. It is the horse that does the running in the racing game, no matter which code.
PUT next Saturday in the "Black Book".
It's Marburg races with all the usual attractions, including a free $100 bet with our bookie on the day, Stephen Anthony.
Get your ticket when you pay at the gate.
There's also the Fastwork Horse Supplies "pick the card", which has jackpotted to $500.
The "funny money" bookie will be in action again. Win yourself a bank for the fancy goods auction after the last race.
There is a three prize raffle, great food and "The Battlers Bar" is the place to be.
Gates open at 10am. Trials start at 11am and the meeting kicks off at approximately 12.30pm.
Admission is adults $5, pensioners and students $3, racebooks (with pick the card coupon) $3.
Major Oaks contender
HERE'S another profile featuring a likely New Zealand filly that looks certain to be a major player in the Queensland Oaks.
Her name is Nek Time, owned by Robert and Sharon Symon, trained by the partnership of Terry and Glenys Chmiel.
In the sulky will be the nearest thing to a re-incarnation of Maurice Holmes, Dexter Dunn.
The 3yo filly has a bank- roll of $93,989, with victory in the Group 3 Southland Oaks, her high point to date.
Nek Time is aimed squarely at the Group 1 Queensland Oaks on July 9.
Barsby says: "A high quality filly that looks certain to be a major threat in the filly's features during the carnival. The Southland Oaks triumph was stunning and the time underlines the effort, her sectionals always seem to be very impressive. This filly has beaten some very highly regarded types this season and should add plenty in the Oaks puzzle."
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.
R1:Quinella 3-4: Montana Falcon (A. Sanderson)) and Bio Marinus (G. Dixon).
R2: Box trifecta 1-3-8: Monark Mac (T. Dixon)- Reddy Fire (P. Matis)-Major Command (T. Lambourn).
R3: Quinella 4-8: Mafuta Vautin (A. Sanderson) and Chevals Clivesdale (M. Neilson).
R4: Quinella 1-4: The Pac Man (T. Dixon).and Tenacious One (C. Petroff).
R5: E/w 2: Riverboat Prince (P. McMullen).
R6: Box trifecta in four 1-8-9-10: True Desire (M. Dux)- Fours Enuf Tas (L. Weidemann)-Karlo Mac (T. Moffat)-Couldn't Resist (S. Graham).
R7: E/w 2: Mathilda Diventa (M. Neilson).
R8: Box trifecta 1-2-6: Majestic Mach (G. Dixon)- Avonnova (S. Graham)- Ohoka Punter (N. Purdon).
R8: Quinella 1-8: Shes A Runa (B. Cockburn) and Tandy Franco (G. Dixon).
R9: Quinella 1-8: Shes A Runa (B. Cockburn) and Tandy Franco (G. Dixon).
R10: Box trifecta in four 4-5-6-12: Morning Fawlty (P. McMullen)-Continental Boy (Nathan Purdon)-Releven Dream (M. Neilson)- Drunken Maniac (B. Cockburn).
IT'S crowded on the leader board this week with triple dead heats in both disciplines. Trainers, locked together at two winners each, were Darrell Graham, John McMullen and Rob Gorman. The drivers, tied at three wins apiece, were Adam Sanderson, Gary Whitaker and Trevor Lambourn. The most pleasing effort was Rachel Belier's win on One Last Roll. "Vive la France"
Gold Coast at Redcliffe, May 26: Monkseaton (Trevor Lambourn for Jay Edmunds); Pacquin (Gary Whitaker for David Millard); New York Teddy (Adam Sanderson for Craig Smith).
Gold Coast at Albion Park, May 27: My Mastercraftsman (Adam Sanderson); Red Luck (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Couldn't Resist (Adam Sanderson for Daren Garrard); Rummiking (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Royal Jacquard (Greg Elkins).
Albion Park, May 28: Bennys Ace (Nathan Dawson for Ashleigh Cusack).
Albion Park, May 31: Duke Of The Moment (Chantal Turpin-McMullen); Statement Made (Barty Cockburn for Shannon Price); Blazing Terror (Kelli Dawson for Mellissa Gillies); Bronze Ecstasy (Amy Rees for Mick Butler); Good Time Stride (Trevor Lambourn for Rob Gorman).
Redcliffe, June 1: Mirth Maker (Pete for John McMullen); Diemos (Trevor Lambourn for Rob Gorman); Betting Baron (Pete for Joshua Moore); Sugar Sugar (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).
Gold Coast at Redcliffe, June 2: One Last Roll (Rachel Belier for Mark Rees); Annas Best (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen); Come Kiss Me Quick (Gary Whitaker for Kevin Joiner); Kytherian Flyer (Amy Rees for Mick Butler).