Exciting racing at Marburg

TIGHT EVENT: The drivers jockey for prime position in race two, in the closest on last weekend's Marburg program. Steve Green won the daily double with Tiki Topaz in race two and Jaylets Fury in the next race. Peter Ebzery

TOUGH efforts and several tight finishes were the order of the day at Marburg last Saturday.

The first event set the tone for the day, when the Glenn Walsh trained and driven Bonjour La Belle did it the hard way outside the leader Cockys Fancy (Lola Weidemann).

The lead changed twice in the last 300 metres, but Bonjour La Belle kept grinding away to get the nod by a short half head on the post. Hashtagyolo ran a solid third, three metres back, with a mile rate of 2-03.5.

Race two went to the consistent Tiki Topaz (Glenn Dawson) which started at $3.50, defeating the almost all the way leader and heavily backed favourite Sevaerg (Dale Chalk).

Tiki Topaz won by 1.5 metres, with Fake Romeo (Ken Burwell) 3.3 metres away.

The time was good with a mile rate of 2-0.4.

Race three again went to camp Dawson with Jaylets Fury (Nathan Dawson) having 1.9 metres to spare from Rule The Rock (Lola Weidemann).

Night Raider (S. Weidemann) was a further 2.9 metres away in third, the mile rate 2-06.5.

The black booker from this was Rule The Rock trained by Alan Godwin.

In race four, the toughest run of the day came from Magic Dawn driven by Narissa McMullen and trained by her father John.

The seven-year-old daughter of Dawn Of a New Day pressured second placegetter, the ultra consistent Colada Rose (Ken Parker) from barrier to box, drawing away down the running to score by 7.5 metres in a rate of 2-03.4.

Queens Crossing (Denis Smith), which trailed Colada rose throughout, faded to be beaten 22.2 metres with a similar margin to Misty Maria (Nicole Hanrahan) in fourth spot.

Race five was a stand start and King Grin (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins) took advantage of a favourable 20 metre handicap to take out the 2200 metre event.

Second home was Mister Armageddon (Lola for Julie Weidemann), with Sookie Go Goes (Nathan Dawson For Michael Benham) a solid third.

The rate was 2-05.1 and margins 3.6 and 5.5 metres.

King Grin's win was the product of a trainer who reads the conditions of a race.

King Grin had won more races than the combined total of his opposition, and the $1.60 on offer was probably luxury odds.

A note of explanation here.

With the "finish lynx'' camera system, all margins are from the winner to the individual horse.


Menangle mission

WANORA based trainer/driver Ray Law will head south to Menangle early next month, with his stable stars Ideal Tact and Chal Fire.

After the example of Ken Rattray, who has made several successful forays to NSW's premier track with Destreos and Funny Boy, Law will be taking two iron hard and in-form pacers to do battle on the 1400 metre circuit.

Both possess gate speed and a fair amount of determination in a tight finish.


Call to trainers

UNOFFICIAL trials are at Marburg tomorrow morning.

Nominations are at 7.15am, and first education goes at 8am.

Cheap breakfast burgers, hot and cold drinks. We need the support of local trainers.


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - Box trifecta 2-3-9: Yaholyterror (P. Greig)-Schindler (S. Graham)-Best Deal Yet (G. Dixon). R2: box trifecta 1-3-4: Tiani Alice (R. Gorman)-Major Strike (G. Dixon)-End Of The Matter (M. Neilson).

R3: Quinella 5-6: Mysis (S. Graham) and Cold Ideal (C. Cini).

R4: E/w 11: Nonno Stride (M. Neilson).

R5: E/w4: Hector Barbossa (M. Neilson). R6: Box trifecta 1-6-8: Devil Dodger (G. Dixon)-Destreos (K. Dawson)-Funny Boy (N. McMullen).

R7: Trifecta in 4: 1-4-5-9: My Man Dan (P. McMullen)-Chal Fire (K. Dawson)-Ideal Tact (R. Law)-Wicked Style (M. Neilson). R8: Quinella 5-8: Rani Major (G. Dixon) and Major Joy (M. Neilson).

R9: Box trifecta 1-4-7: Mister Malakye (S. Graham)-Our Overanover (G. Dixon)-Real Deal Yankee (T. Hancock).


Honour board

Chantal Turpin trained four winners and Pete McMullen driving three.

Albion Park, September 19: Just A Fling (Denis Smith); Sista To Mafuta (Shane Graham to Darrel Graham); Boom Boom Hall (Pete for Chantal Turpin).

Albion Park, September 20: Ideal Tact (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law).

Marburg, September 20: Review in column.

Albion Park, September 22: Rollon Chilli (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham); Jayronray (Amy Rees for Mark Rees); Bubsarolling (Narissa McMullen for Glenn Dawson).

Albion Park, September 23: Sea Spray Notch (Lola Weidemann for James Harriott).

Redcliffe, September 24: Washington Lass (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Emperor Montana (Brttany Graham for Darrel Graham).

Redcliffe, September 25: Checkhimout (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Blessed Is The Boy (Narrissa for John McMullen); My Crazy Ex (Chantal Turpin); Master Of The Art (Justin Storie for Trevor Lambourn).

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