LET US hope that the weather is kind tomorrow for Oktoberfest/ Harriott Memorial Day at Marburg.
Gates open 11.00am, Adults $5, Students, Pensioners and Members $3, Kids under 16 FREE. Boutique Beers, German sausage and sauerkraut with 9 races.
Two bookies, a pick six jackpot of $1250, two by $100 bets for gate prizes, plus funny money, a monster raffle, mini-trotters, tug-o-war, craft stalls, the launch of the "Costin" polyurethane shoe and a harness demo.
Get close up and friendly with a happy pacer. Supervised jumping castle and other diversions.
Ring 0408352478 after 2.00pm Saturday for a weather update.
ALONG with the exceptional nine event program set down for tomorrow there are additional "sweeteners" of stallion services on two of the races.
The HARRIOTT MEMORIAL carries a service to the popular trotting stallion, GREAT SUCCESS, already the sire of Sparkling Success ($126,000), Al Bundy NZ ($115,000), Edge Hill ($110,000) and Trouble Rieu NZ ($86,000).
The service donor, Michael Taylor, of Taylor World Travel, was a personal friend and stable client of the late Graham Harriott, and he comes on board today in very tangible fashion.
The Eldarin Park Open Pace prize is enhanced by a service to THE WRATH OF PAN USA.
A son of the super sire, ABERCROMBIE, The Wrath Of Pan went round on 74 occasions for 17 wins, 10 seconds and 7 thirds, banking $534,175 off a best time of 1-50.6.
His best performers here include Dynamite Dude ($215,548), Waste Of Time ($116,598), Wrath Of Rosie TR ($112,513), Pete Of Pan ($85,715) and Jordangarry ($88,379), with average earnings per starter of $25,307.
Mary Helen Pearce gets our thanks for adding real value to our day.
Case of mistaken state of origin
PUBLICITY is the oil which keeps a trainer's wheels rolling, on the principle that you are only as good as your last performance. It was therefore galling to see two-year Queensland based Real Social described as a "Sydneysider" after he lit up Tabcorp Park Melton for the second time in as many weeks.
Trained for his Victorian tilt by Shane and Lauren Tritton, the five-year-old Real Desire/Socialiser gelding had pundits' eyes wide and mouth agape after a 1:51.9 win from a widest back-row draw in the Alabar Pace.
Real Social had put the writing on the wall two weeks back at Menangle NSW with a similarly impressive performance while still in the hands of Purga based Steve Bunz, and was in 120% race condition when handed on to team Tritton.
Real Social will have a brief let-up and then be aimed at the Miracle Mile. Just to occupy connections in the interim, there have been big figure nibbles from the US of A.
Lean pickings for Ipswich
IT WAS a skinny week for "Team Ipswich", connecting with just 35% of the 38 races run. Two winners got you everything, with Chantal Turpin the only one to achieve that modest figure in the training sector. Driving honours went three ways.
Nathan Dawson, Narissa McMullen and Pete McMullen, all grandchildren of Beryl Dawson, posting the magic pair. Most pleasing was Taleah McMullen, only local to salute at Albion Park on Tuesday.
SELECTIONS Albion Park tonight.
R1: Quinella 5-12: Our Hi Jinx (L. Cain) and Majestic Major (T. Dixon).
R2: Quinella 4-9: Broadwater (T Dixon) and Bodhi Tree (L Cain).
R3: E/w 1: Murano (N McMullen).
R4: Quinella 1-8: American Highlights (T. Dawson) and Oliver Winkle (L Cain).
R5: E/w 1: Kash (P. McMullen).
R6: E/w 1: Karloo Mac (H Barnes).
R7: Quinella 1-4: Major Kiwi (T Moffat) and Overlap (P McMullen).
R8: Quinella 1-4: Reds Jet Star (T Dixon) and Rave Moonraker (S Graham).
Marburg, Sunday. R1: 5-6-1; R2: 8-3-6; R3:1-3-6; R4: 5-7-1; R5: 2-3-4; R6: 5-7-1; R7: 1-4-6; R8: 1-7-6; R9: 1-7-2