Qld driver joins elite company

QUEENSLAND'S long-standing top trainer/driver Grant Dixon passed another significant milestone on Tuesday at Albion Park.

When Leos Best broke the "finish lynx" beam in the Burwood Stud Pace, it marked Dixon's 4000th race win as a driver.

First licenced in the 1988/89 season, he appeared in the main for his father Bill, who had established a successful stable in Brisbane after building a champion reputation in Far North Queensland while based in Townsville.

From a total of 59 drives, Grant was able to land 10 winners and 12 placings for $7095.

In 1989/90, the roller- coaster began to gather speed with 349 outings for 29 wins and 80 placings with a bank of $35,115.

With the coming of the new millennium, and Bill taking a lower profile in the Dixon operation the annual drive total passed 1000 with only two of the last 16 seasons attracting a lesser figure (12/13 990 and 13/14 999).

As in all successful businesses, the win graph reflected the increased numbers.

Dixon has topped the 200 mark on no less than eight occasions, his high point coming in the 2009/10 year when 1251 drives yielded 242 wins and 349 placings for total stakes of $1,202,448.

As we are talking success in the sulky here, just over 28 years brings 4002 victories at the time of writing and a win dollar bank of a mammoth $13,113,308.

Grant Dixon joins a tiny group of elite reinsmen - Gavin Lang (Victoria), Chris Alford (Victoria), Daryl Douglas (Victoria) and Chris Lewis (Western Australia).

UBET breakthrough

IT'S official. We do live in strange and wondrous times.

The following is proof perfect.

"UBET is now covering race 1 at Kilcoy Harness''.

Please note while still not to be broadcast by Sky, UBET have indicated they will offer markets on the first race at Kilcoy Harness this afternoon.

Jump out change

JUMP outs for this weekend have been shifted to tomorrow to avoid a clash with the Kilcoy dual code meeting.

Marburg starting time is 8.15am.

The Christmas BBQ starts at noon outside the canteen where pork and lamb spit roasts and other goodies are the go.

For more information, ring Robin on 0437 695 032.

Dawson's challenge

NATHAN Dawson had his first trip around Gloucester Park last night in heat 1 of the Australasian Young Driver's Championship.

In all these championships, there is, in reality, little difference in the ability of the driver's who are competing.

Not the same can be said about the horses.

The main, and decisive factor is luck, as steeds and barriers are assigned by lot.

With seven sets of fields available on Thursday night, I can tell you that Dawson is up against it a trifle.

The first four of his draws are 7-8-9-10, then things look a lot better as CC Chevron comes into race 5 at Pinjarra with a last start win on the page, complemented by the number one barrier.

The luck holds for the early part of the York meeting at Northam with Sarah Goody drawing number two alley in race 6.

Three runs back from a spell for two wins and a second.

Race 7 at York teams Dawson with Comeuppance from gate three with only very ordinary form.

It's a mixed bag so fingers crossed.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 1-2-12: Jester Oh Jester (I. Ross)- Always Prompt (T. Dixon)- Remember Them.

R2: Box trifecta 1-2-3: The Space Invader (N. McMul- len)-Only Kidding (G. Dixon)-Bio Marinus (T. Dixon).

R3: Box trifecta in four 2-3-8-12: Mafuta Vautin (B. Graham)-Broadway Playboy (D. Graham)-Fioki (G. Dixon)-Stormont Czar (R. Morris).

R4: E/w 7: Cherish The moment (G. Dixon).

R5: Quinella 2-12: The Tenacious One (C. Petroff) and Alleluia (G. Dixon).

R6: Box trifecta 3-5-8: Bettor Than Special (A. Sanderson)-Our Carisma (T. Dixon)-Smooth Showgirl (S. Graham).

R7: Box trifecta in four 1-2-3-4: Vader (D. McMullen)- Treuaper (S. Graham)-Usane Flash (I. Ross)-Major Lexus (A. Rees).

R8: Box trifecta 1-2-6: Fascinator (N. McMullen)- Supaliner (D. Graham)-The Black Assassin (T. Dixon).

R9: Quinella 3-8: Gloveman Gilly and Kyms Boy.

R10: Box trifecta in four 1-2-7-11: Hear The Call (G. Dixon)-Charlaval (R. Morris)-Sir Semper Fidelis (P. Matis)-Northern Line (D. McMullen).

Honour board

It looks like a change on the leader board. However, in the lower Brisbane Valley, if they are not related by blood, they are so by marriage. Narissa McMullen is top driver with four wins for the week while Chantal Turpin heads the trainers with identical figures. Most pleasing efforts were High Cloud Lass (Denis Smith) no longer a maiden at start number 40 in the trot at Albion Park, and Soldier Of Fortune, too much power in the sprint lane at Redcliffe for Karen Schulz.

Albion Park, November 25: My Trial By Jury (Danielle McMullen for Vicki Rasmussen); Northern Line (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Wattlebank Flyer (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Slipaslygrin (Trent Dawson for Max Towns).

Albion Park, November 26: Broadway Playboy (Darrell Graham); Mafuta Vautin (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Simply Gorgeous (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini); Lisas Lawyer (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Shareapassion (Pete for Chantal Turpin).

Albion Park, November 29: High Cloud Lass (Denis Smith); Timmo Time (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); Corey ODonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis).

Redcliffe, November 30: Soldier Of Fortune (Karen Schulz); Riverleigh William (Amy Rees for Darren Hooper); Alisons Jet (Brittany Graham).

Redcliffe, December 1: Marchesa Gary Whitaker for Terry Hancock); Its All Torque (Amy Rees for Ricky Hart); Georgia Grace (Adam Sanderson for Shawn Grimsey); Lady Royal Sue (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen).



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