Marburg primed for Memorial Trot

OUT with the pen and the calendar and just mark in next Saturday, November 14 as a great day to head for the Marburg trots.

Feature event on the day is the Graham Harriott Memorial Trot for the traditional square gaiters, run under discretionary handicap conditions with a back mark of 40m.

There will be two trots on the program, with either a consolation for horses balloted from the Harriott, or a separate race with a similar TR0 front, but from set marks.

Intending trainers should check the harness website for details.

All the "good" things apply. Good food, good beverage, good betting, a good multi-meat tray raffle, pick the last four winners and the mad funny-money bookmaker.

To top it off you have the best bar prices around. Come and join us for a great day out.

Trials commence at 11am with the first race about 12.30pm.

Adults $5, pensioners members and students $3, children under 16 free, Race books $3.


Integral achievement

THE following extract is from the Australian Harness Racing website under the banner of "steward's wrap".

It demonstrates amply what a functioning integrity unit can achieve.

"At the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 3 September 2015, Mr Shayne and Greg Cramp pleaded guilty to a charge issued by Victoria Police under Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958...."

Both Shayne and Greg Cramp were convicted and sentenced to a Community Corrections Order (CCO) for a period of 12 months, with Shayne Cramp required to perform 300 hours of community work and Greg Cramp required to perform 200 hours of community work. The sentence imposed for both parties related to their conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of Race 5 at Mildura on 12 November 2014. The sentence for Shayne Cramp also related to his conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of Race 6 at Mildura on 29 November 2014.

"Subject to sub-rule the Controlling Body may for such period and on such conditions as it thinks fit, disqualify a person who is found guilty of or convicted of a crime or an offence in any State or Territory of Australia or in any country."

On 30 October 2015, the HRV Board considered the above provisions and the recommendations of the sub-committee. The HRV Board endorsed the sub-committee's recommendation that the provisions of AHRR267(1) be invoked and that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for a period of 12 years. The HRV Board subsequently ordered that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for a period of 12 years and that such penalty be backdated to commence 2 February 2015 when their licences were originally suspended by HRV Stewards. Shayne and Greg Cramp are therefore disqualified from having any involvement in the harness racing industry and this disqualification will remain in place until February 2, 2027.


Women winning

WHILE the racing spotlight centred on Michelle Payne at Flemington on Tuesday, we put our own light on diminutive teenager, Lauren Jones, who created her own slice of personal history when she chalked up a century of career wins at Gloucester Park.

Jones reached her 100th winner on the David Thompson-trained mare Its a Monet, before capping a memorable afternoon and the second leg of a driving double partnering Majestical Babe who upset hot favourite, Stellar Kamwood.

"It was pretty exciting and it means a lot to me," said Jones. "My next goal is to drive 100 wins in a season."

Jones, a 19-year-old daughter of Queensland trainer-reinsman, Peter Jones, has made a big impact on Western Australian harness racing since crossing the Nullarbor and teaming up with champion trainer, Gary Hall, last year.

Jones, who last year finished 16th in the state and ninth in the metro driver's premiership, has driven in 890 races for 101 wins and 175 places, collecting $959,446.40 in prizemoney.


Sand man

FERNVALE trainer/driver Darrel Graham made his first visit to Gympie races on Melbourne Cup day and won three out of four harness races on the sand racetrack.

Graham took seven to the races for the four race card and finished second with his first runner Lord Baltimore in the first race won by Man With Attitude (Kevin Annetts); then won the balance of the program; driving Red Luck in race two, Mafuta Vautin in race three and Five Card Draw in race four. It's a far cry from the Australian Derby, but little fish are sweet.


Handy Hints

Selections for Albion Park tonight. R 1 - Quinella 1-2: Mind The Wire (J. O'Shea) and Magic Oats (S. Graham).

R 2: Quinella 5-12: Major Score (J. O'Shea) and Cankickatarget (G. Dixon).

R 3: Quinella 3-4: Audrey Maree (S. Graham) and Bennys Ace (M. Neilson).

R 4: E/w 2: Casino Chimes (P. Greig) .

R 5: Quinella 1-8: Thinking Of You (I. Ross) and Badjellys Courage (N. McMullen).

R 6: Quinella 1-8: Horace Foxley (P. Greig) and Billy Badlands (N. Dawson).

R 7: E/w 2: Lady White Water (G. Whitaker).

R 8: Quinella 1-4: Mach Alert (S. Graham) and Destreos (K. Dawson).

R 9: E/w 2: Hawthornden (R. Law).

R 10: Box trifecta in four 1-4-8-9: Ivanov (P. Greig)-- Jarvsofaks (M. Neilson)-- Sharons Millicent (T. Dixon) -- Our Overannova (G. Dixon).



The return of Narissa McMullen from a six weeks holiday in Canada and the US knocked her brother Pete off the top of the driver's board with a score of 6 to 5. Meanwhile Chantal McMullen retained top spot on the trainer's list, shading her father-in-law, John McMullen , 5 wins to 4.

Gold Coast at Albion Park, October 30: Saratoga (Ricky Thurlow for Adam Sanderson), Three Dee Delight (Pete for Cantal McMullen), Dreamtime Sara (Nathan Dawson For Ryan Veivers), Diamond Fantasy (Gary Whitaker for Shane Sanderson ),Franco Nepia (Barty Cockburn), Tally Ho Bromac (Isobel Ross for Barty).

Albion Park, October 31: Donegal Under Fire (Pete for Mick

Grant), Broadway Playboy (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham), Liston (Barty Cockburn for Matt Purcell), Don Boston (Barty Cockburn for Mick Grant).

Gympie, November 3: Man With Attitude (Kevin Annetts), Red Luck (Darrell Graham), Mafuta Vautin (Darrell Graham), Five Card Draw (Darrell Graham).

Redcliffe, November 3: Its All Torque (Pete for Ricky Hart), Murano (Narissa McMullen), Expressionist (Shane Sanderson).

Redcliffe, November 4: Blessed Is The Boy (Narissa for John McMullen), Navarda Ace (Narissa for John McMullen), Highview Sign (Ryan Veivers for James Lewin), My Crazy Ex (Pete for Chantal McMullen), Tammalise (Justin Pascoe), Alwaysintouch (Pete for Chantal McMullen).

Gold Coast at Redcliffe, November 5: Whosemefather (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby), Shivarnee (Pete for Chantal McMullen), Beatleman (Narissa for John McMullen), Golden Times (Steven Doherty for Francis Weston), Paris To Berlin (Matt Elkins For Greg Elkins), Only One Slim (Narissa for John McMullen), Boom Boom Hall (Hayden Barnes for Chantal McMullen).

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