Brisbane Valley team with high standards

IN the course of our fascination with the high success rate of trainers situated in the lower Brisbane Valley we often come across the perfor- mance of the McMullen- Turpin operation, which is based in the Patrick Estate near Lowood.

The couple are both in their early twenties and have been purpose reared for their future in trotting/harness racing.

The training is the responsibility of Chantal Turpin whose father Tony has counted "King of the Creek" Kevin Thomas and super horseman Don Ross among his mentors.

Mother Karen is blessed with business and organizational skills in a large way.

Pete McMullen is a third generation Albion Park high profile driver, his antecedents being Hollywood John McMullen and John McMullen jnr.

The fastest young driver to post 1000 winners lifetime is the major man in the sulky.

Pete's mother is Jeanette McMullen, whose mother Beryl has no less than eight direct descendants making a name for themselves on the harness track.

Chantal is no slouch in the sulky either having been leading driver of trotters for the first three years that she held a licence.

There you have the basis of a stellar career, the bloodlines to achieve in harness.

However, a career in any discipline must be a continuous progression up the rainbow. The success rate must continue to grow, and to do that requires judgement and an element of risk, because racing is, by any standards, a risky business.

Exciting pacer

HERE'S Chris Barsby's story from the harness website.

A Brisbane syndicate has been formed to purchase exciting New Zealand pacer Pulp Fiction for a hefty six-figure sum.

The syndicate, con- structed by leading trainer Chantal Turpin, features several of her best clients and now they've joined forces to race the Art Major - Joys Underworld stallion.

Turpin prepares a strong team at Patrick Estate, west of Brisbane, with her husband Pete McMullen, one of the state's best drivers.

Amongst the ownership group is Ross Patrick, Dave Murray, Denis Golinski, John Manzelmann and Jake and Karen Turpin.

The deal was negotiated through respected south island bloodstock agent Geoff Gibson-Smith.

Pulp Fiction will arrive at the end of the week and be set for the upcoming Queensland summer carnival open class features including the Group 2 $50,000 Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park on December 17.

"It's very exciting to have a horse of this quality join our stables and we're really looking forward to the challenge,'' Turpin said. "The summer open features are the obvious early target although we haven't confirmed what races we will hit or miss with him."

Previously prepared by Riversdale horseman Tony Stratford, the five-year-old raced during Cup week at Addington where he finished sixth behind brilliant mare Dream About Me before finishing seventh behind Chase The Dream in record time.

Pulp Fiction has put together a very tidy CV, which includes 12 wins and eight minor placings from 33 starts while amassing more than $100,000 in stakes.

His biggest win to date came via the 2014 Riverton Cup.

"He profiles really well and he's proven he can compete with some very good horses, I think his speed will be his biggest asset when racing here in Australia. The opportunity to buy this horse came about quickly and we didn't hesitate to grab him, he arrives on a very good mark for a horse of this quality.''

NZ success

ADDING to the Pulp Fiction picture, the pacer's last 10 starts in New Zealand have produced three wins.

Any student of NZ form will tell you that it is far harder to win a race in NZ than Australia, particularly in the South Island. Pulp Fiction is a handy stand start horse capable of handling a decent handicap and a bit of distance.

We go back to Gore on December 27, 2015, where the entire came from 30 metres over a 2700m journey to win in a rate of 1-59.7.

His most recent victory was Riverton on October 29, 2016, from 40 metres behind, again over 2700m in a rate of 2.00.5.

Sandwiched between these efforts was a win over 1609m from the mobile at Winton rating 1-55.2.

Support jumpouts

LAST Saturday's jump outs at Marburg attracted only eight horses in total.

Issues with the hardness of the track have hopefully been sorted, and the Marburg Pacing Association committee can only impress on trainers the need to support these jump outs.

It is hard enough for the average hobbyist to produce a competitive horse in these difficult times without foregoing the service that Marburg provides.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta in four 1-2-7-8: Compton Street (P. McMullen)-Montana Falcon (B. Graham)-Joys A Babe (G. Dixon)-Donegal Under Fire (H. Barnes).

R2: Box trifecta in four 1-2-9-10: Polshed Rocks (N. Dawson)- Only Kidding (G. Dixon)- Mafuta Vautin (B. Graham)-Bettor Promise (A. Sanderson).

R3: Box trifecta 3-6-9: Royal Score (P. McMullen)- Epaulette (A. Sanderson)- Treuaper (S. Graham).

R4: Quinella 2-3: Marty Bee (S. Graham) and Mach Cullen (D. Graham).

R5: Box trifecta in four 1-4-8-11: Real Social (G. Whitaker)-Sir Semper Fidelis (P. Matis)-Our Carisma (G. Dixon)-Croft Boy (P. McMullen).

R6: Box trifecta in four 1-3-4-8: Beaver (T. Dawson)- Majestic Major (G. Dixon)- Avvonova (S. Graham)- Caesars Folly (A. Sanderson).

R7: Quinella 2-3: Usane Flash (I. Ross) and Rory Mach (D. Graham).

R8: Box trifecta 1-2-5: Witch Striker (S. Graham)- El Cartel (P. McMullen)- Diamond Edition (A. Millard).

R9: E/w 6: Always Prompt (T. Dixon).

R10: Quinella 3-4: Remember Ruby (G. Dixon) and Bettorthanspecial (A. Sanderson).

Honour board

A MILD earthquake on the leader board this week, with Danielle McMullen emerging as top driver with four wins. Add to this a triple dead heat in the training department with honours shared between Rachel Scott, Darrell Graham and John McMullen. The most pleasing effort was Real Knuckey at Redcliffe for Peter Jones, who is steadily returning to the form that saw him become premier trainer at Rockhampton.

Albion Park, November 18: Illawong Dreamtime (Brittany Graham for Doug Lee); Vader (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).

Albion Park, November 19: Major Command (Trevor Lambourn for Rachel Scott); Glenferrie Boss (Trevor Lambourn); Remember Them (Nathan Dawson for Greg Franklin); Beaver (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies); Bettorthanspecial (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); Bettor Promise (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price).

Albion Park, November 22: Arlecchino (Ray Law); Another Broadway (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); R Eleven Heavan (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Major Command (Trevor Lambourn for Rachel Scott); Son Of Mara (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini); Croft Bay (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham).

Redcliffe, November 23: Only One Slim (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Real Knuckey (Gary Whitaker for Peter Jones); The Sweetest Angel (Danielle McMullen for John Mc- Mullen); Little Lizzie Jove (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson).

Redcliffe, November 24: I Am Andy (Gary Whitaker for Brian McCall); Tulhurst Jailbreak (Dan Russell for Dave Russell); Washingtons Flier (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Isabela Maree (Nathan Dawson).



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