Enjoy a top country program at Marburg
IT'S here at last - Harriott Memorial Day.
With a six race program centred around a competitive Feature Trot Handicap, the stage is set for a great afternoon of country trotting starting from 12.30pm.
The "pick the first five winners'' competition has risen to a cool $700.
The lucky gate ticket carries a free $100 bet with bookie Stephen Anthony for patrons 18 years of age or older.
The notorious "funny money bookmaker'' Con Mann will field again for those who like a flutter without damaging the budget.
Use the $500 voucher in your $3 race book to build a bank for the auction after the last race.
It's terrific value as a family day out.
Adults $5, pensioners and students $3, kids under 16 free.
A RUNDOWN of the recent Harness Awards night saw the Ipswich footprint well represented.
Young achievers included Brittany Graham, Dannielle McMullen, Amy Rees and Nathan Dawson who was Concession Driver of the Year.
Botra's Rising Stars were Matt Elkins and Dannielle McMullen, while the prestigious Redcliffe Pegasus Award went to the McMullen family group.
It's a far cry from Saturday afternoon at the Ipswich Showgrounds, when possession of a competitive Rocklea horse was consider- ed about as good as it got.
Lauren's WA success
IN the section labelled "where did they get to and how are they going", we have an update on Lauren Jones. She left Queensland for the golden west several years ago.
The following is taken from "Faces of the Industry", a recent story on the Australian Harness website.
Having studied graphic design and art, graduating from Gatton State School in 2012 and despite having a qualification in hospitality, Jones decided that being in the gig was too good an opportunity and decided to take up driving horses as a career instead.
Jones is no stranger to the industry, having completed all of her years in the pony trots and being the daughter of well-known trainer and her biggest role model Peter Jones.
From a young age, Jones would help out her father and has him to thank for pushing her in the right direction and leading her to the success she has today.
Jones enjoyed her first winner on the Sanderson trained Old Gold And Black at Gold Coast in 2013 and it was in the same year that she won the Ipswich West Young Drivers Championship.
In late December 2013, Jones came across an advert on Trading Ring for employment at a leading training stable in Western Australia.
After applying for the job, Jones received a call from Clinton Hall offering her the position.
Jones made the move to WA from her hometown Lockyer Waters in February 2014 to join the famous 'Hall Camp'. She made her WA debut on Vapour who was also her first winner in the West. She hasn't looked back since.
It's no surprise that Jones has the amount of knowledge in the industry that she does. Having worked for three of the best trainers in Queensland with Shane Sanderson, Shane Graham, Peter and Chantal McMullen she is proving herself in Western Australian with Gary Hall Snr.
Among the 13 doubles Jones has driven lies one memorable outing.
On the same day as the race that stops the nation, not only did she drive a double, she also drove her 100th winner.
The milestone came on the David Thompson trained It's a Monet in 2015.
With 139 driving winners to her name so far, 120 of them have been since her arrival in the west.
Jones is very grateful for the opportunities that trainers have given her, including her first Group One drive with Classic American in the Golden Nugget, finishing fourth.
Since the Golden Nugget, Jones has competed in 46 other Group and Listed races.
Although a regular driver for the Hall Camp, Jones also picks up smart drives with the likes of Bettor Offer, Ima Tragedy, Phoenix Warrior and Delightful Offer for Team Bond.
She is very thankful for the support she receives from both Greg and Skye.
Admitting how challenging it is to mix it with the boys, Jones still receives support and guidance from her long-term partner, trainer/driver Kyle Harper.
Together they have enjoyed Metropolitan success with horses such as Springsteen.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.
R1: Quinella 2-3: Shareapassion (P. McMullen) and Polished Rocks (N. McMullen).
R2: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Clock On Doc Lombo (I. Ross)-Sir Semper Fidelis (P. Matis)-My Mach Scooter (S. Graham).
R3: Box trifecta 1-3-6: Remember Ruby (G. Dixon)-Big Abraxas (T. Dixon)- Marty Bee (B. Cockburn).
R4: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Rummiking (B. Graham)- Fioki (T. Dixon)-Compton Street (P. McMullen).
R5: Quinella 1-8: The Endeavour (N. McMullen) and Sicilian Slumber (P. McMullen).
R6: Quinella 1-8: American Legend (T. Moffat) and The Pacman (T. Dixon).
R7: Box trifecta 1-8-9: Montana Falcon (D. Graham)-Ohoka Colorada (S. Graham)-Nureyev (P. McMullen).
R8: Box trifecta 1-6-8: Glengowan (T. Lambourn)- Mafuta Vautin (D. Graham)- A Good Chance (M. Elkins).
R9: Box tr4ifecta 1-2-8: Cheers Kathy (D. Graham)- Our Diamond Edition (A. Millard)-Witch Striker (S. Graham).
R10: Box trifecta in four 1-3-5-8: Mr Mayfly (G. Whitaker)- Dr Hook (T. Gillespie)-Unico Crown (P. McMullen)-Our Overanova (G. Dixon).
Marburg picks: Race 1 - 5-4-2. Race 2: 8-4-5.
Race 3: 3-1-5.
Race 4: 4-7-9-8.
Race 5: 4-6-8.
Race 6: 5-6-8.