Fine 'character' had magic touch
A LOT of older trot fans and participants will be saddened to hear of the passing of Carl Bellamy, who was farewelled by his relatives and friends at a service last week.
Carl was rising 86 at the time of his death.
The larger than life trainer/driver and punter spent the past 48 years of his life at the Gold Coast.
His colours of red and white halves and red sleeves were seen in win mode behind a great many good performers in the 60s and 70s on Brisbane tracks.
Top performers which come to mind were Snug Star (Carl's all-time top pick), Max Brydon and possibly his last top liner Leyoro Star which propelled youthful reinswoman Angie Burke to Saturday night stardom at Albion Park.
Carl was a well above average trainer with a reputation for turning "crocks'' into success stories.
He was active in a period which could be described as Queensland's "Golden Age'' of trotting, an age full of characters.
Carl was something of a standout, managing to bring dedication to his training while living a lifestyle which proclaimed him to be anything but your average bear.
Most of today's young participants did not know him but the older brigade will not forget Carl Bellamy.
Preview top day
THE black boot item mentioned in last weekend's column contained a wrong date.
The keenly-awaited Marburg Pacing Association/Walloon State School Fun Day is on Saturday, June 29.
It will be a huge day.
It would be even better if you decided on a sneak preview today.
This afternoon's program kicks off a bracket of three weeks racing at the Marburg Showgrounds.
Come on out for top racing, where you can see the runners in the back straight.
Trials start at 11.15am, first race at 12.40pm.
MORE than one aspect of Queensland trotting got a handy boost when Designer Style took out the Redcliffe Sales Race Series Five at the bayside course on June 7.
Trainer Shawn Grimsey was still stoked at the filly's performance a week later and, why not.
Designer Style's race record stands at two starts for two wins, the heat and final of what is now, thanks to the Redcliffe Club and sponsors Garrard's fast becoming a race to win.
A hefty $37,800 was the winner's purse, plus a Rio race sulky taking DS's bank to $40,000.
Given that big brother Wicked Style has over $200,000 on his sheet, Shawn Grimsey has reason to be optimistic about the future.
Meanwhile, the Denning family of Burwood Stud Pittsworth, can feel the same way, knowing that first season sire Mr Aviator is up there in lights thanks to the Redcliffe Feature.
Driver Mathew Neilson, who gave Designer Style a top trip has picked up the three top money Redcliffe events in the last 10 months, having scored on Jack In Flight in the Redcliffe Cup and the Patron's Purse.
It's a happy story.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight:
R1: Quinella 2-5 - Navajo Rocky (M. Neilson) and Davey J (D. Graham).
R2: E/w2: Eden Burst (D. Graham).
R3: Trifecta 7-8-12: Forever Gold (K. Rasmussen)-Montana Pablo (D. Graham)-Vegas Bound (M. Neilson).
R4: E/w 7: Judd (P. McMullen).
R5: E/w 7: Mister Manhattan (R. Law).
R6: E/w 10: Stanbeside Me (M. Neilson).
R7: E/w 2: Make Some Magic (N. Hurst).
R8: Quinella 1-8: Emperor Montana (D. Graham) and Cee Uin L A (R. Gorman).
R9: First four 3-5-10-11: Tori Maguire (G. Dixon)-Slipaslygrin (D. Chalk)-Rani Major (M. Neilson)-Montana Marie (D. Graham).
Tips for Marburg today (fields ran in yesterday's QT):
R1 - 7-8-5.
A GREAT week on the scoreboard with four drivers sharing the honours. They were Trent Dawson, Darrel Graham, Narissa McMullen and Pete McMullen all on two apiece. Trainers Geoff Dawson, Darrel Graham and John McMullen had two wins each.
Redcliffe, June 7: Artzone (Trent for Geoff Dawson); Melton Maxbye (Narissa for John McMullen).
Albion Park, June 8: Melton Mighty Max (Narissa for John McMullen); Braeside Falcon (Pete for Shane Sanderson).
Gold Coast, June 11: Trickett (Pete for Phil Mitchell); Lightning Magic (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law); Artzone (Trent for Geoff Dawson).
Redcliffe, June 12: Hitemup (Darrel Graham); Montana Tess (Darrel Graham); Allentown Boy (Chris Petroff for Francis Weston).