QRIC encourages vaccinations

THE devil we now know is less confronting than the devil about whom we had significant doubts.

A world first study has confirmed vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus does not affect the racing performance of thoroughbred horses.

"The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) funded the ground-breaking study so industry regulators and participants can base their decisions on accurate information and science rather than rumour and speculation," Commissioner Ross Barnett said.

The extensive study examined the Timeform rating of 1,154 thoroughbreds over 12,066 race starts and assessed their performance one and three months before and after vaccination, with no difference in form detected.

Timeform rating is an established measure of a horse's performance in a race that takes into account how the race was run and where the horse finished.

The QRIC's chief vet Dr Martin Lenz says many factors can potentially affect the performance of racehorses, so it was important for the study to be large enough to distil out any impact that vaccination might have.

Racing Queensland estimates thoroughbred/ standardbred horse racing makes a $959 million contribution to the Queensland economy and sustains more than 7500 jobs.

"Vaccination protects participants and animal welfare in an industry that is a sizeable contributor to the Queensland economy," Barnett said.

"The Commission will continue to encourage vaccination through programs like the first vacci- nation free offer for the 300 Standardbred foals expected this breeding season.''

Marburg meeting

DON'T miss Marburg today, with a seven race meeting, "pick the card" now jackpotted to $1400, a $100 gate bet, food, beverage and monster raffles.

Gates open at 10am. Adults $5, members and pensioners $3 and race books $3.

An introduction to the Standardbred rehoming program is on offer, showing you the basics to get you up and enjoying your own ex-trotter or pacer.

Here's some valuable insights on today's meeting with tips and comments from Ben Crosby.

Race 1 tips: 4, 6, 2.

4: Jimmy Nga. Has best stand credentials and is racing well. Could find the front early and be hard to run down.

6: Time Traveller. Racing very consistently lately and will sprint hard late if kept for one run, top hope.

2: Diablo Star. Good win Redcliffe on Wednesday when able to lead. A repeat of that puts him right in the chances today.

Race 2 tips: 4, 7, 3.

4: Newmerella Sharkie. First up from short spell, but is a proven Albion Park winner in good time and looks the winner here.

7: Its All Go Winner of three out of past seven starts and great record here. Will be the testing material.

3: I'm Rolling Stoned. Consistent gelding who has raced well this track, with luck can fill the minor placing.

Race 3 tips: 2, 7, 1.

2: Neveah. Big drop in class and racing in great heart. Should look to lead and if she does very hard to beat.

7: Skylarhain). Last start winner Albion Park, racing super at Redcliffe before that. Will be fighting out the win late.

1: Hoofnit Can get the right run from the draw, goes well here and with luck can be in the finish.

Race 4 tips: 8, 2, 4.

8: Red Luck. Class runner who never runs a bad race. The draw is tough but looks to have a class edge on these.

2: Proficient, looking to turn his form around here, but take on trust that only start here was a win.

4: Newmerella Fella May look to lead early and then has options. Can run a cheeky race after that.

Race 5 tips: 2, 3, 7.

2: Sugar Briches. Has shown glimpses of ability and may have found her race, in an even field put her on top.

3: Certainly Something. Trying hard to break through for maiden win. Top hope today.

7: Sweet Scoot. Has had plenty of trials to ready her for today and can fill a placing on trial form.

Race 6 tips: 3, 1, 4.

3: Our Champion. Can look to lead these early. If he does his chances rise considerably.

1: Liz au Betty. 45 start maiden but if she gets the perfect run can get that elusive first win.

4: Probable Cause. Going on his good placings here in November and December he must be put in the mix. Include in top three.

Race 7 tips: 2, 9, 7.

2: Havana Magic. Form since coming to Queensland has been great with no indiscretions. Will look the winner for a long way.

9: Steves Star. Unbeaten in two starts here and racing really well at Albion Park. Can win despite 30m handicap.

7: High Cloud Lass. Never runs a bad race at Marburg and would be foolish to leave out of the chances.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 1-2-3: Majestic Major (P Greig)-Village Witch (N McMullen)-Our Hi Jinx (A Sanderson).

R2: Quinella 1-8: Master Montana (B. Graham) and Casino Tommy (T Moffat).

R3: Quinella 1-8: Surface To Air (M Elkins) and Crowning Glory (N Dawson).

R4: E/w 2: Constantlysideways (G Whitaker).

R5: E/w 1: Hard To Hear (T Dawson).

R6: E/w 9: Clintal Do (A Sanderson).

R7: Quinella 1-2: Storm For The Boys (A Sanderson) and Mako Banner (I Ross).

R8: Box trifecta 1-7-8: Lombo Ranmiles (Mark Dux)-Frankie Rocks (G Dixon)-Broadway Playboy (A Sanderson).

R9: Quinella 1-8 : Top Trio (G Dixon) and Arrokeefe (N McMullen).

R10: E/w 3: Fire One (G Dixon).

Honour board

Darrell Graham is again the leading trainer with seven winners over the past week. On the driver's side, Pete McMullen managed to nose out Adam Sanderson to triumph six to five. Most pleasing effort was Mitchell Dawson maintaining last week's form, training two winners at Redcliffe on Wednesday night and Jacob Wallace scoring twice in the sulky at Redcliffe on Thursday for Darrell Graham. Ipswich factor: 32/42.

Albion Park, February 2: Exceptional Mach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Govinni (Grant Dixon for Al Barnes); Queen Zenobia (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).

Albion Park, February 3: Beaver (Trent Dawson for Melissa Gillies); dead heat: Our Mels Dream (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis) and Gotta Glow (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Glenferrie Hood (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham); Kotare York (Pete McMullen for Al Barnes); Karloo Mac (Pete McMullen for Tahn Camilleri); Dead heat: Wynberg Terror (Trent Dawson for Than Camilleri) and Broadway Playboy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Releven Dream (Pete McMullen for Wayne Graham).

Albion Park, February 6: Fire And Ice (Matt Elkins for Vic Frost); Rubys Bad Boy (Nathan Dawson for Darrell Graham); Maybetothemax (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis); Bronze Ecstasy (Narissa McMullen for Mark Rees); Clintal Do (Adam Sanderson for Richard March); Ima Grumpy Possum (Narissa McMullen for Steve Cini); Our Major Day (Nathan Dawson for Richard March).

Redcliffe, February 7: Mister Hart (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham); Oscars Glory (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Mr Meddle (Hayden Barnes); Diabolo Star (Matt Elkins for Richard Hutchinson); Getoutandwalk (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Midloin Blues (Ricky Gordon); Justabitlikemum (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee).

Redcliffe, February 8: Feeling For A Miracle (Kelli Dawson for Jeff Dawson); Pale Bear Boo (Nathan Dawson for Mitchell Dawson); Time Traveller (Jacob Wallace for Darell Graham); Spirito Nero (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Xtraordinary Lombo (Trent Moffat for Mitchell Dawson); Master Montana (Jacob Wallace for Darrell Graham).

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