Marburg ideal day out: Mini trotters enhance racing program

WITH spring well on the way, the Marburg trots is the place to be today.

The trials portion of the program starts at 11am with the five race card running from 12.30pm.

The mini trotters will add to the spectacle as the six to 16 year olds do battle in preparation for a later career on the race track.

Great country food and drinks make for a super afternoon for the family.

For the punters, bookies will be there to bet, plus Sky Channel screens to follow major gallops meetings.

Admission is adults $5, pensioners $3 and kids under 16 enter for free.


License requirements

ANYONE who is thinking of applying for a trainer or driver's licence in the harness sport, or is currently in the system, should ring Neale Scott on 0412 412 987 as soon as possible.

The licence course requires compulsory attendance on four Sundays for practical instruction and assessment.

For the current course, these days will fall between September 28 and October 26 inclusive.

That is a span of five Sundays, four of which will be utilised.

Don't miss out, as the total course takes six months to complete.


Training team on rise

THE last time trainer/driver Murray Sullivan was big news in Queensland was when he and his staff were winched off the roof of the accommodation at Clive Palmer's Lowood training complex. It was during the flood which devastated Grantham.

In the aftermath, which included a stint at Menangle for Palmer, and no doubt thinking that fending off water borne brown snakes was not part of the job description, Sullivan went back to the south west of NSW to regroup.

A little time passes and Murray has re-invented himself with a vengeance.

Two weeks into the new season and Sullivan has driven eight winners from 14 drives which sees him sitting pretty in second place on the state drivers premiership.

With good mate Jason Gaffney, the Sullivan and Gaffney show are training a team of 15 pacers while holding down full-time jobs in small goods and concreting.

Racing being what it is, the enterprise could go anywhere from here but, on current form, up is the likely direction.


Inter-Dom confirmed

IT is true. Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) have officially announced their commitment to the Inter-dominion Series from 2015-17.

RWWA will put a total of $8.1 million into the 2015 carnival with $1.3 million for the grand final and $500,000 for the heats.

It's three rounds of heats and the final. Four nights of edge of seat racing.

Excitement will be mounting and long-term plans being laid.


Marburg trials

UNOFFICIAL trials will be held at Marburg next Sunday morning.

Nominations on track at 7.15am.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at Marburg Showgrounds on Sunday, October 19 after the trials.

Intending office bearers should indicate 14 days prior to the meeting. Nomination forms are available from race day office.


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - Box trifecta in four 1-2-5-8: Screaman Seaman (T. Moffat)-Mysis (S. Graham)-Gooday Stride (C. Geary)-Yaholy Terror (B. Cockburn).

R2: Quinella 2-8: Threo (C. Petroff) and Schindler (S. Graham).

R3: Quinella 2-3: Lord Jowers (N. McMullen) and Artistic Reward (S. Graham).

R4: Quinella 2-6: Therecomesatime (P. McMullen) and My Elusive Dream (G. Dixon).

R5: Quinella 1-4: Boltmaro (P. McMullen) and Master Grinner (P. Greig).

R6: Quinella 5-7: Rakarebel (M. Neilson) and Avonnova (S. Graham).

R7: Quinella 3-4: Rani Major (G. Dixon) and Major Joy (M. Neilson).

R8: E/w 1: Ideal Tact (K. Dawson).

R9: Quinella 2-7: Our Overanover (G. Dixon) and Real Deal Yankee (T. Hancock).

Marburg picks today: R1 - 3-1-8. R2: 5-3-7. R3: 2-3-5. R4: 1-6-2. R5: 1-3-7.


Honour board

In a week where the region could manage only 11 winners, the leader board was marginally affected. Chantal Turpin tied Trevor Lambourn with three winners each as trainers. Pete McMullen ran a dead heat in the driving department with Chris Petroff. Both landed two victories.

Albion Park, September 15: Rule The Rock (Lola Weidemann for Alan Godwin); Players (Narissa for John McMullen); Prince assassin (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).

Albion Park, September 16: Just A Fling (Denis Smith); Boltmaro (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Threo (Brendan Barnes for Trevor Lambourn).

Redcliffe, September 17: Abercrombie Zombie (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrel Graham); My Crazy Ex (Chantal Turpin); Macs Choice (Amy Rees for Mark Rees).

Redcliffe, September 18: Ohoka Mach (Chris Petroff for Trevor Lambourn).

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