Marburg's festival spirit
THIS could be your lucky day. There's a dual opportunity at Marburg with the annual community based Black Snake Creek Festival in the centre of town.
The festival features craft, produce and food stalls, plus bands and local service groups.
Start at the Festival in the morning and enjoy the local hospitality.
After the street parade at 11am, you can cruise up the road (a five minute walk) to the Showground and enjoy a couple of hours of close up and exciting country trotting at the Marburg Pacing Association's non-TAB race meeting.
The first race goes at about 12.30pm.
The mini-trotters are there as well, so the kids will be happy with that.
After the racing, just head back to the Festival and kick back with the bands.
FOR lovers of the trotter, the Darrel Alexander Memorial Series is in full swing, with second round of heats run last night.
The $30,000 final will take place next Saturday night.
Next week's column will feature a preview of the prestige event and, hopefully, a reasonably accurate prediction as to the result.
Meanwhile, the spring carnival commences tonight, with the Be Good Johnny Sprint for $30,000 the major attraction.
Another race on the program, The Seymour Rising Stars Championship C0 Final has risen by $9000 to $25,000.
That's decent money for a career penalty event.
Control Body chairman Greg Mitchell said recently at a Botra meeting that, "anyone can buy a horse for these races and others run on a Saturday under the Q assessment''.
I'm not sure that "anyone'' can buy horses of this calibre as they generally go on the expensive side.
What is certain is that the money is there. How Joe Average gets a bit of it is the uncertain part.
Road to riches
ON the same card as the DJA Final is the Gold Coast Cup for $75,000 and a further "Seymour'' final this time for C1 pacers again bearing a career penalty.
Heats for these races are run on the Tuesday prior. It's a neat system.
Get the right horse which can race twice a week while retaining its form and you are on the road to riches.
On October 25, there is a further "Seymour'' Final , this time for C2/C3 pacers.
The main event on the program is the Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship of $200,000.
To wind the Spring Carnival up with a bang, most of the 'Q' races on the night have been raised from $12,000 to $14,999, just $1 short of the designated metro penalty threshold.
Why all this information? Well maybe, just maybe, there are some millionaires reading today's article, who might like to invest in a pacer or trotter.
For a racing investment proposition with the horse "anyone can buy'', the current Saturday night worst case scenario would have to include a lot of bad luck if it failed to return a modest profit.
With average luck a good return seems highly likely.
MARBURG trials regular, and tough as teak trotting man, Noel Parrish was rewarded for his patience at Kilcoy when the aptly named Its You Not Me (by It Is I from Utwo) was successful on on the grass last Sunday.
Parrish has a small team of ordinary horses, but no one can doubt the effort that goes into making them perform to their best.
It's a family affair with Emilee Annetts listed as the winning owner.
It turned out to be a slightly better than average day at the office with another member of the team, Hez To Blame, picking up second money in an earlier event.
Let's hope that the upward trend continues.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - Quinella 1-5: Ima Sea Storm (P. Diebert) and Certainly James (S. Graham).
R2: Quinella 2-3: Designer Style (M. Neilson) and Master Grinner (P. Greig).
R3: Quinella 1-6: Truly Blissful (C. Petroff) and Regal Stride (S. Graham).
R4: E/w 6: Our Hi Jinx (L. McCarthy).
R5: Quinella 2-5: Ima Gucci Girl (B. Cowen) and Superliner (D. Graham).
R6: Box trifecta 1-2-3. Le Bron (P. McMullen)-Majestic Major (G. Dixon)-Destreos (M. Neilson).
R7: Quinella 1-8: Hugh Hefner (L. McCarthy)-Place your bet (B. Cowen).
R8: Box trifecta 2-3-6. Five Star Trump ( G. Crone)-Just A Bit Coco (D. Lee)-Melpark Macca (G. Whitaker).
R9: Quinella 2-4: Wilusi Blues (B. Cockburn) and Rakarebel (M. Neilson).
R10: Box trifecta 1-3-8: Crazy Mach (G. Dixon)-Washington Lass (P. McMullen)-Highview Ember (C. Turpin).
Marburg picks today: R1 - 2-5-3.
R2: 1-8-5. R3: 1-8-5.
R4: 1-3-7. R5: 2-3-4.
The leader board showed a slight variation this week, with Pete McMullen and Trevor Lambourn equal scoring in the driving department at two wins apiece. Chantal Turpin stood alone as a trainer with a total of three winners.
Albion Park, October 3: Justanothermaori (Pete for Chantal Turpin).
Albion Park, October 4: Supabet (Gary Whitaker for Chantal Turpin); Kyvalley Racer (Kay Crone for Gavin Crone).
Kilcoy, October 5: Los Bravos (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham); Its You Not Me (Noel Parrish); Better Than Money (Darrel Graham).
Albion Park, October 7: Prince Assassin (Trevor Lambourn); Im Young Tommy (Kelli Dawson for Chantal Turpin).
Redcliffe, October 8: No Number (Pete for Jason Carkeet).
Redcliffe, October 9: Hashtagyolo (Nathan Dawson for Glenn Dawson); Prince Assassin (Trevor Lambourn); Mister Seelster (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).