Industry meeting essential

FOR a lot of Ipswich people, it's just the start of another relaxing weekend.

For local trotting participants however, the tension may be mounting. Especially if they have fully considered the importance of tomorrow's Industry Meeting which kicks off tomorrow at 9am at Albion Park.

Early in the day there will be presentations from Medivet, a company which specialises in repair of equine injuries based on stem cell technology, plus non drug performance improvers, combining superior nebuliser equipment with yet more stem cell derivatives.

Following this, several veterinary experts will bring the assembly up to date on the pros and cons of the Hendra virus vaccination program, and make an informed forecast as to whether the vaccination will become compulsory for racehorses of all codes.

The presentation impacts on owners, breeders and trainers in this manner.

Turn up hear what is said and be informed.

Stay home and be misinformed by the flood of half-truths which generally circulate after a dissemination of facts such as this.

At 1pm tomorrow, a forum entitled "Taking the Industry Forward'' will be conducted.

It's aimed at putting participants and other interested parties in the picture as far as the state of trotting in Queensland at this point in time, and, what it might be in the near and foreseeable future.

The panel of four, to whom you will direct your queries, are Racing Queensland CEO Darren Condon, QHRB chairman Brad Steele, QHRB director Greg Mitchell and Albion Park chair Kevin Seymour.

I cannot emphasise strongly enough, the importance of attendance at this meeting.

This is possibly a one-off opportunity to be heard by the decision makers who hold the future of our sport in their hands.

The sport of trotting was promised transparency and accountability at the last state election.

We returned a conservative government on that Tomorrow must be the start of a succession of pay days for those participants who have supported the sport through its depressed state.

There will be no Marburg trials tomorrow morning. That's one more reason to attend Albion Park.


Marburg AGM

THE Annual General Meeting of the Marburg Pacing Association is on Monday night.

This will be held in the Marburg Community Hall, opposite the Marburg Hotel. It will commence at 7pm.

General business will follow the AGM and election of officers for the coming year.

Come along, join a progressive body determined to grow the sport of trotting in this area and Queensland in general.

Member for Ipswich West Sean Choat will be there to add his support.

In its own way, this AGM is as important as the forum to be held at Albion Park tomorrow.

Star stud decided

IF you wondered where local star Lanercost would commence his stud career, wonder no more.

The half million earning son of Courage Under Fire and the New York Motoring mare, Lanoch, will hit the breeding barn at Yirribee Stud, Wagga NSW.

A fee of $2970 (GST included) gets your mare on the road to producing a good one.

It's value for money.


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight:

R1: E/w 1: Heza Prince (K. Rasmussen).

R2: Box trifecta in four 1-3-4-7: High Valour (M. Neilson)-Quick Turn (B. Cockburn)-Chilla Breeze (C. Cini)-Chal Fire (G. Poloni).

R3: Quinella 2-6: Laterron (K. Rasmussen) and Final Champion (A. Sanderson).

R4: E/w 1: Inthelightofday (B. Cockburn).

R5: Quinella 1-3: Whatawannabe (K. Dawson) and Lively Hero (R. Law).

R6: Quinella 1-4: Son Of Lopez (P. McMullen) and Acelight (K. Rasmussen).

R7: Quinella 1-7: Our Mels Dream (C. Petroff) and Goulburn Guy (K. Rasmussen).

R8: Quinella 4-6: Holy Camp Boy (D. Graham) and Le Bron (P. McMullen).

R9: Box trifecta 1-3-5: Sun Lad (F. Bennett)-Mister Malakye (G. Harris)-Shes Commando (G. Dwyer).


Honour board

THE leader board this week was weighted on the driver's side with Pete McMullen chasing home four winners. Training honours were shared by Greg Elkins, Phil Mitchell and Shaun Gillespie on two apiece.

Albion Park, August 30: Kates Maori (Kay for Gavin Crone); Woodlyn Girl (Pete for Shaun Gillespie); Noelhamric (Narissa McMullen for Greg Elkins); Whatawannabe (Brendan Barnes for Phil Mitchell); Any Left (Chantal Turpin for Shaun Gillespie).

Albion Park, August 31: Davey J (Pete for John Davis); Montana Falcon (Darrel Graham); Artzone (Trent for Geoff Dawson); Alberts Flight (Al Barnes).

Albion Park, September 2: Tiki Topaz (Mitchell for Glenn Dawson); Oneonthewood (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Truckies Art (Narissa for John McMullen).

Gold Coast, September 5: Hot Tamale (Pete for Ken Belford); Trickett (Brendan Barnes for Phil Mitchell); Noelhamric (Narissa for Greg Elkins).

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