Live updates to helps punters
FROM a casual punter's point of view, things are about to take an upward turn.
Starting tonight, Albion Park's second night of Winter Carnival features a new service for Joe and Jo-Anne Average-Punter.
Racing Queensland has engaged former Victorian-based form guru Mick Polster to provide expert form, comment and selections for all Queensland trot meetings.
This should surely provide some incentive for those people who just fancy a bet from time to time.
Smart phones and I-Pads are the tools to get the best out of this service as it will be up there on twitter as well.
The "Trot Tips" campaign will consist of a blog, which you will find at trottips.com. It will be updated on a live basis providing all of the required information to help find you that winner or two.
An extensive social media campaign through twitter will be utilised using the #trottips hashtag.
Trotting administrators had only two options in the campaign to lift turnover.
One was to provide easily accessed expert opinion. The other was to simplify the race format to guarantee consistent form lines from run to run so that regular punters could do their own form and have it hold true.
We have a new service which should do us considerable good.
ON the local front, The Walloon State School/Marburg Race and Fun Day was a success on two fronts.
Firstly, it got local trotting involved with an important part of the community in a positive fashion.
Secondly, given that it was a lousy day weatherwise, the parents and teachers from the Walloon State School turned out in good numbers, putting people on the paddock and a feeling of enthusiasm into the whole event.
The feature races were the final heats of the Ipswich West Young Drivers Championship.
They went to Palazzo Las Vegas (Lauren Jones for Darrel Graham) and Saunders Jewel (Lauren Jones for Peter McKay).
Having driven a winner on day one of the championship, this double clinched the title for Jones with 31 points. She finished ahead of Justin Storie on 27 and a triple dead-heat for third with Brendan Barnes, Nathan Dawson and Joe Taafe locked on 17.
It was a close series with Amy Rees next on 15 and Hayden Barnes and Mitchell Dawson 14 apiece.
Championship winner Jones hails from Lockyer Waters.
Born in Rockhampton, she came into trotting via a long family involvement which included a successful stint at the mini-trotters and years of hard slog assisting her parents Peter and Jodie prepare the home team.
Her last two years at high school resulted in a switch to the Gatton stables of Shane Sanderson.
Early morning work added to her bank of experience and provided her first and never to be forgotten winner Olgoldnblack at Gold Coast.
Jones, who is keen to try her hand at training, finds enjoyment in all aspects of trotting, describing it as a great outdoor sport with a high level of excitement.
As to the best horse she has ever seen, she finds it difficult to separate Blacks A Fake and I'm Themightyquinn.
The best horse driven will be the next winner that comes along and current ambitions are to ramp up the Lauren Jones profile through training and driving more winners.
Long term, it's maybe a drivers premiership.
Currently employed by Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen at Haigslea, 18 year old Jones is taking a couple of gap years prior to studying computer graphics design.
Her career wins stands at 10, but not for long.
PEAK Crossing lass Amy Rees had a similar family introduction to trotting, assisting her father Mark at their home training complex.
Although she did not figure in the trophies for the Young drivers Championship, the 16 year old had a stellar week. She won on first starter Makinamove in a 2yo mobile for owner/trainer Doug Lyon at Gold Coast on Friday, the mile in a slick 1.58.0.rate.
Saturday night at Headquarters, Rees was in the winners circle yet again, putting the Stewart Hunter trained Gold Pay down the sprint lane to score narrowly in the Female Drivers Invitation, quick again in a rate of 1.56.7.
Her first winner was home team member Longwoods at the Coast.
The best horses she has sat behind to date are Enrique Of Malacca (trial) and Gold Pay.
She is taking a gap year before studying Justice/ Psychology, looking forward to a career in criminology.
Fast establishing a good reputation as a driver who makes every attempt to follow trainer's instructions, young Amy Rees is well aware that there are factors in a horses sum of ability which cannot be measured with a stop watch.
As time goes on, and experience grows, she will turn this awareness into more and more winners.
AFTER three straight weeks of racing, Marburg jumpouts resume tomorrow morning.
Nominations are from 7.15am with the first trial at 8am.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - E/w 1: In No Mans Land (C. Petroff).
R2: Quinella 1-8: Crazy Mach (G. Dixon) and Melton Mighty Max (N. McMullen).
R3: E/w 1: English Prince (G. Dixon).
R4: E/w 1: Betonthebay (L. Weidemann).
R5: E/w 3: Village Villain (L. Weidemann).
R6: E/w 2: Forever Gold (K. Rasmussen).
R7: Quinella 2-3: General Bronski (M. Neilson) and Western Mail (G. Whitaker).
R8: E/w 3: American Promise (B. Cowen).
R9: E/w 2: Makinamove (L. Weidemann).
Trainer Darrel Graham dominates again with three wins. Drivers Darrel Graham, Lauren Jones, Amy Rees, Ken Belford and Narissa McMullen all collected two wins each.
Gold Coast, June 28: Won Delight (Shane Graham for Ken Belford); Makinamove (Amy Rees for Doug Lyon); Compton Street (Chantal Turpin).
Albion Park, June 29: Yeah Right (Brad Cowen for Shane Sanderson); In No Mans Land (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn); Emperor Montana (Darrel Graham).
Marburg, June 29: Melton Bonny Mabel (Narissa for John McMullen); Palazzo Las Vegas (Lauren Jones for Darrel Graham); Saunders Jewel (Lauren Jones for Peter McKay); Take Seven (Trent Dawson for Max Towns); Gods Win (Gary Litzow for Alan Godwin).
Albion Park, July 1: Kates Maori (Gavin Crone); Boots McCool (Clint Sneddon for Gavin Wright); Gloveman Gilly (Greg Elkins); Ultimate Assassin (Ken Belford).
Gold Coast, July 4: True North (Chris Petroff for Francis Weston); Shortys Chance (Narissa for john McMullen); Shes The Real Diva (Darrel Graham); Andyourgoodtogo (Gary Whitaker for Greg Minns).