Lachie's deserved milestone
THERE is one event in the life of any harness trainer/driver that is branded indelibly in his or her memory, available for a full colour re-run 50 or 60 years later. That is the first winner.
The great day came for 16 year old high school student Lachie Manzelmann on the first day of July 2016. But first, a bit of background on Lachie leading up to this milestone.
Lachie is a year 12 lad at Lowood High, reading a general course of English, science, maths and two additional sports-related subjects.
Before heading off to school on three days, and on the weekends, the third generation horseman assists his mother Stacey and Ron Sallis in working the Sallis team of pacers.
Lachie is the son of John Manzelmann, a leading North Queensland gallops trainer who has been around our four-legged friends since he was old enough to walk.
On Thursday and Friday, Lachie's focus shifts to the highly successful stables of Turpin-McMullen Racing at Patrick Estate. Here he shifts into "Advanced Stablehand Certificate 3" mode as he completes a school based traineeship packaged by TAFE and Racing Queensland's Lisa Maher.
It's an excellent background for a career on the harness track.
With patience one of the Lachie's virtues, he went around on 20 occasions before seeing the inside of the winner's circle with the veteran pacer and former Premiers Cup winner Horace Foxley.
Seven days later, Lachie was back at Albion Park earning prize money with a solid third.
It was the start of a good week with Washington's Flier landing the bikkies next day at Marburg, and Eulo Flyer scoring at Redcliffe on Thursday.
From here on it looks all systems go for Lachlan.
The best horse he has driven in trackwork is Corey ODonohue.
The best he has seen is I'm The Mighty Quinn.
Currently, Lachie's plans are to finish school and seek a full-time position at McMullen-Turpin Racing, and, "see where that takes me".
His principle is to keep on going forward. He credits his skills, both people and equine, as: "I have good teachers".
Good teachers need good pupils. Lachie Manzelmann is the end product of that formula.
'Lefty' in focus
EVERY owner's dream is to race a "good horse".
Thrills, money and elevated standing in light harness society are the usual result.
With the breeding season not so far away, intending breeders will be evaluating stallions and looking hard at any viable mares they may have.
The following, thanks to Chris Barsby, is the breeding barn record of the now deceased "Lefty", owned by Christina Monte and Charlie Cini.
"The Fake Left mare scored on 17 occasions from 67 career starts while amassing more than $117,000 in stakes but her true value at stud is immeasurable.
From 11 foals, Lefty produced 11 winners.
Her winners to date include Chucka Lefty (9 wins - $51k), Shes A Lefty (10 wins - $102k), Lotsa Lefty (4 wins - $17k), Another Lefty (7 wins - $24k), Major Lefty (17 wins - $88k), Just A Lefty (9 wins - $29k), Royal Lefty (2 wins - $6k), Feelin Good Lefty (2 wins - $11k), Bring On Lefty (4 wins - $25k) and Catcha Lefty (12 wins - $123k).
Nine different stallions have covered Lefty including Perfect Art (twice), Lotsa Clout, Safely Kept, Art Major, Jet Laag, Blissfull Hall, Mr Feelgood (twice), P B Bullville and Village Jasper.
The last foal for Lefty before being retired is Lucky Lefty, a Mr Feelgood colt who scored at start number seven.
At this time, you should recall the words of the man who said, "A good horse is a valuable thing to have, but a good producing broodmare is a pearl beyond price".
Meanwhile, as we move towards the end of the Winter Carnival so the stakes for the fast class pacer grow higher.
With the $200,000 "Blacks A Fake" feature to be decided tonight, there is no doubt that Hectorjayjay's response when Gavin Lang hit the afterburner button at the 400m last week added a new factor to the equation.
There is a school of thought, which holds that a horse with extreme speed can always stay a journey as he or she goes a considerable part of the race at cruising speed. The horse is thus able to find plenty at the business end.
Time will tell if Hectorjayjay is superior to Christen Me and his CV of performances at and beyond 2600 metres.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.
R1: Box trifecta 8-9-10: Roy George (M. Craven)-Mafuta Vautin (A. Sanderson)- Murano (N. McMullen).
R2: Box trifecta 7-8-13: Bring On Lefty (S. Graham)- Aldo Rossi (M. Neilson)- Bettor Than Best (I. Ross).
R3: Box trifecta in four 1-2-3-6: Feel The Courage- Polished Rocks (M. Neilson)-Tullow (B. Hewitt)-Barynya.
R4: Box trifecta 2-4-8: Midnight Prowler (N. McMullen)-Rate Highly (M. Neilson)-Ready For Takeoff (P. McMullen).
R5: Box trifecta in four 8-9-11-12: My Master Craftsman (A. Sanderson)- Stanley Ross Robin (B. Hewitt)-Charlaval (R. Morris)-Nek Time (D. Dunn).
R6: Box trifecta in four 2-6-10-11: Slippery Jade (G. Whitaker)-Jossie James (S. Graham)-Eleniark (G. Dixon)-Bonnie Jujon (T. Moffat).
R7: box trifecta 2-9-10: Tygar (L. McCarthy)- Maestro Bellini (C. Petroff)- Bet I'm Special (S. Graham).
R8: Box trifecta 5-6-13: Hectorjayjay (G. Lang)-Ohoka Punter (N. Purdon)-Christen Me (D. Dunn).
R9: E/w 2: Maretti (T. Moffat).
R10: E/w 7: Bonnies A Beauty (G. Dixon).
FAMILIAR names on the leaderboard this week. Gary Whitaker and Pete McMullen dead-heating for driving honours on four apiece and Darrell Graham top trainer with three winners. Most pleasing by far was Jodie and Peter Jones in the winner's circle at Redcliffe on Thursday with Fui Fui.
Albion Park, July 8: Slippery Jade (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith); Five Card Draw (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Sir Jaybe Hall (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham).
Albion Park, July 9: Barynya (Pete for Mick Butler); Rummiking (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).
Marburg, July 9: Risky Buziness (Ricky Gordon); Lexy Lexus (Amy Rees for Mick Butler); Washington Flier (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis); Epirus Boy (Amy Rees for Mick Butler); Chicken On A Chain (Clint Sneddon for Mitchell Dawson).
Albion Park, July 12: Only In Rome (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Le Bron (Pete for Brian McCall).
Redcliffe, July 13: Montcalm (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Machbino (Lola Weidemann for Tess Neaves); My Shadow Strike (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); Cowgirlchick (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).
Redcliffe, July 14: Eulo Flyer (Lachie Manzelmann for Tony Jenkins); Mishani Jewel (Gary Whitaker for Martine Dwyer); Fui Fui (Gary Whitaker for Peter Jones).