Marburg series develops talent

IT'S very close to the shortest day of the year today so we have a lot to pack into the available daylight.

It's off to Marburg for the first two heats of the Ipswich West Young Drivers Invitation Series.

Eight young drivers have been selected on criteria laid down by the Marburg Pacing Association, which included the stipulation that each driver is to have achieved no more than 20 winner's lifetime.

As Marburg's main aim is to provide racing opportunity for battling owners and trainers, the Ipswich West Series gives eight young drivers a chance to add to their win total.

Some of these kids struggle to get a seat in the cart on raceday, no matter how hard they work in the day-to-day stable situation.

The overall winner will be decided by point score, so we must wait for the fourth and final heat next Saturday to know who our star reinsperson is.

Luck plays a huge part in a contest such as this as horse quality and barrier draws are crucial to success.

Marburg is also a track which requires not only the last mentioned factors but a fair serve in the skills of getting a position and the judging of pace.

It's a fair test all round.

The eight drivers (with lifetime scores) are: Lauren Jones (6), Hayden Barnes (1), Brendan Barnes (5), Joe Taafe (9), Amy Rees (6), Justin Storie (17), Nathan Dawson (3) and Mitchell Dawson (5).

All have displayed talent in recent times and any one could be the winner.


Favelon focus

OUR galloping cousins had some local impact in the lead up to this year's Stradbroke Handicap when Marburg State School was one of 28 schools to take part in a competition to decorate a fibreglass horse.

The full size replica horses were painted white and each was assigned the name of a star galloper.

The Marburg kids were tasked with turning their four-legged canvas into a representation of the multi-millionaire sprinter, Falvelon, now a stud success.

This they achieved by painting "Falvelon" in group effort.

Prep and years 1 and 2 sponged on the main colour and the legs.

Years 3 and 4 were responsible for the saddle and tail, while the seniors, years 5, 6 and 7 provided decoration and fine detail.

They must have done a great job as "Falvelon'' was judged the winner.

It was a happy result, with $4000 jumping in to the school finances and one of the painting team taking part in the barrier draw for the Stradbroke Handicap at a special function held at Eagle Farm.

"Falvelon'' will be on view at the Black Snake Creek Festival, a star attraction on a great day.


Dazzling night

HAVING enjoyed the Marburg meeting today, what better way to spend the evening than in a warm lounge room watching or listening to the Premier's Cup meeting at Gold Coast.

On a nine race card, there are six feature races, two divisions of the Q-bred Breeders Classic for 2yos, Group 3 at $35,000 apiece, The Premiers Cup, Group 2 at $50,000, the Gold Coast Oaks, Group 3 at $30,000, the Marburg based Harness Talk C0/C1 Final, worth $15,000 and the state-wide Taxation Kedron Trotters Marathon. It's a listed event carrying $15,000.

It's a dazzling night at the trots with $180,000 in feature money.


Master lessons

NATASHA Day, who migrated north eight months ago, slipped back downunder for a brief break from a five year plan designed to improve her training and driving skills.

As Day was no mug when she took on this learning curve, it might be better described as a "Masters'' course.

Things are going well with three winners driven so far at Freehold Raceway New Jersey, the latest of which was Rag Doll, an aptly named daughter of the ill-fated RocknRoll Hanover.

Day, who describes her task as long hours, learning a lot but enjoying it all, will head north in 10 days, back to the grind.

As a bonus, Day was successful behind Village Villain at Gold Coast on Thursday.


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Gold Coast tonight: R1 - E/w 9: Ima Sea Storm (B. Cockburn).

R2: E/w 2: Terror Time (B. Cowen).

R3: E/w 5: Vegas Bound (M. Neilson).

R4: Trifecta 3-4-5: Millenium Rose (B. Cockburn)-Charming Allie (G. Dixon)-Joys A Babe (M. Neilson).

R5: E/w 10: Alberto Contador (M. Neilson).

R6: Quinella 2-4: Mister Bo Woody (B. Cowen) and Hey Rock (G. Bond).

R7: First four 1-3-4-7: Heza Real Gem (M. Neilson)-Good Feelings (B. Cockburn)-Major Luna (D. Weeks)-Raring To Go (G. Dixon).

R8: Trifecta 1-3-5: Rani Major (G. Dixon)-Trickett (P. McMullen)-Montana Marie (D. Graham).

R9: E/w 10: Supper Waltz Wilson (B. Cockburn).

R10: Box Trifecta 1-4-7: Tulhurst Candy (A. Frisby)-American Legend (B. Cowen)-Galactic Eagle (N. Hurst).

Marburg trials start today at 11am. First race is 12.25pm. Full fields in yesterday's QT.

Tips: R1 - E/w 1: Melton Miss Logie (N. McMullen).

R2: E/w 8: Ideal Guy (J. Taafe).

R3: E/w 3: Sea You Harry (N. McMullen).

R4: E/w 8: Mallee Boy (B. Barnes).

R5: E/w 4: Certainly James (S. Doherty).


Winning efforts

THE leader board is about to get a shake-up with the Chantal and Pete team now established at Patrick estate. Darrel Graham is still up there with two winners trained and driven but had to be satisfied with matching efforts from Chantal Turpin (training) and Pete McMullen and Narissa McMullen (driving).

Albion Park, June 15: Lebron (Pete for Brian McCall), Heathbern Diamond (Darrel Graham), Lets Walk The Walk (Ray Law), Emperor Montana (Darrel Graham).

Marburg, June 15: Trouble Follows (Mitchell Dawson for Maxine Hobbs); Sea You Harry (Narissa McMullen); Im No Question (Danielle McMullen); Hija De Diose (Glenn Dawson for Neville Doyle); Hey Maybe Baby (Trevor Lambourn).

Redcliffe, June 17: Betonthebay (Lola Weidemann for Greg Minns); Shortys Chance (Narissa for John McMullen).

Albion Park, June 18: Oceania (Chantal Turpin); Ezi Days (Pete for Chantal Turpin).

Gold Coast, June 20: Judah Ben Hur (Ken Belford).

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