Trot Tactics: Stacey honours her biggest fan

CLIFTON-based Stacey Weidemann has captured her first harness title, that of 2015 Mitavite Feeds Marburg Young Drivers champion.

The following is taken from the Queensland Harness website and was written by David Aldred.

Victory aboard the aptly named Highview Sign last month set Clifton driver Stacey Weidemann on her way to a heartfelt win in the two meeting Mitavite Marburg Ipswich West Young Drivers Invitation Championship decided on Saturday.

It was likely that she had her biggest supporter smiling from above.

Saturday's Championship win meant a lot to Stacey, so much so that she paid a special tribute to her pop soon after the race.

In March this year, the Weidemann family lost harness racing stalwart Ross Weidemann.

"My biggest supporter didn't get to witness me take the honours, but I sure hope he has a smile on his dial up there," Stacey said.

"Poppy was my biggest fan, he always was behind me telling me to have a go. I do miss that."

The up and coming young driver, who celebrates her 24th birthday early next month, also congratulated the Marburg Pacing Association for the event and thanked the sponsors Mitavite and the Ipswich City Council.

Stacey, the niece of harness racing sisters Julie and Lola Weidemann, didn't get a winner at Marburg on Saturday but her drives were competitive enough for the concession driver to take out the 2015 title.

The two meeting race series was raced on May 3 and June 20.

"The horses I drove during the championship raced well and I was appreciative that the trainers were encouraging, they were really good with no pressure, that helps," Stacey said.

On day one Stacey drove a winner, Highview Sign and a third placed Fiscal Cliff and went into the final day of competition just ahead of Hayden Barnes who also got a good start in the series with a winner Wecanonlyhope and a fourth placed Eternal Glory.

Stacey only needed to place better than Hayden in the two races to stay on top of the leaderboard.


Top training

ANOTHER top local effort was the training performance of Chantal Turpin.

Preparing her team at Lowood's Patrick Estate, Turpin is taking on training in the same fashion as she attacked race driving, where, in her first three seasons, she was leading driver of square trotters.

This season, with a tad over two months left to go, Turpin has 107 winners from a stable which numbers about 30 horses.

Given that "Team Turpin'' is less than half the size of Grant Dixon's mammoth operation at Tamborine, the results compare more than favourably with Dixon's 220 victories and the 126 from the Vicki Rasmussen establishment at Logan village.

Lifetime figures provided by Queensland Racing show that Turpin is in the first stages of what will be an outstanding career.

Chantal Turpin has had 107 winners this season (299 lifetime).

Grant Dixon has 220 this season and 1015 overall.

Vicki Rasmussen has 126 this season and 870 overall.


Quality needed

THE mills of progress and restructuring grind on at Racing Queensland.

We must hope, that like the "mills of justice, they grind most exceedingly fine''.

On the surface, it is business as usual. But, if harness is to re-invent itself, and go forward in a manner designed to see its finances in the black for the foreseeable future, there must be a great deal of change.

We often use the term product, when racing operations are discussed. We are now at the point where we must realise that, in simple terms, harness/trotting operates like a shop.

We have two items for sale - a sporting spectacle and a betting medium.

If we are to survive, we must sell quality product, all day every day. We are no longer in the comfort zone of un-earned funds.

The hard nosed restructurers of KPMG are talking corporate reality.

In other words, what we turn over in punter dollars will be expressed as a percentage of the net income from the Racing Queensland operation, and we will be paid a like percentage from the RQ distribution pie.

Perhaps, in the near future, our new administrators will understand the necessity to provide the present and potential trot punters of Queensland with an improved race format which provides a simply understood betting medium and reliable form lines. That's the thought for this week.


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - E/w 1: Mister Skye Rocket (J. Weidemann).

R2: Quinella 3-8: Swarovski (R. Law) and Chattanoogachoochoo (D. Graham).

R3: Quinella 2-4: Major Sam (D. Graham) and Overlap (P. McMullen).

R4: Box trifecta 1-3-4: Drawing Away (P. McMullen)-YaYas Hot Spot (D. Graham)-Alleluia (G. Dixon).

R5: Box trifecta 1-3-6: Five Card Draw (D. Graham)-Washington Lass (P. McMullen)-Change Gear (S. Graham).

R6: Quinella 3-5: Earth Angel (B. Cowen) and Snow Cone (G. Dixon).

R7: Box trifecta in four 1-3-5-8: No Potato S. Graham)-Sans Frontiere (C. Petroff)-Chevals Racer (B. Cowen)-Sharons Millicent (G. Dixon).

R8: Box trifecta in four 2-3-4-5: Jivin Cullen (P. McMullen)-Our Hijinx (S. Graham)-Majestic Major (G. Dixon)-Bettor Draw (N. Dawson).

R9: Box trifecta 3-6-7: Fearless Leader (S. Graham)-Mind The wire (D. McMullen)-Courageous Kiwi (P. McMullen).

R10: Quinella 2-7: Joys A Babe (G. Dixon) and Wandary Splash (G. Whitaker).


Honour board

A CHANGE on the leader board this week. Gary Whitaker shoots to the top as an eight win driver. He collected doubles on Tuesday and Thursday with a big treble on Wednesday night. Amy Rees and Hayden Barnes dead heated for second on three apiece. The trainers produced an identical result with Chantal Turpin and Barty Cockburn head and head at three winners each. Best training effort of the week was Ominous Flyer for Dale and Wayne Chalk. It was the breaking of a four-year drought with a forecast of good rains to follow. It shows what you can achieve if you persist.

Gold Coast at Albion Park, June 19: Fon Design (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Shareapassion (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Franco Nepia (Barty Cockburn).

Albion Park, June 20: Mind the Wire (Hayden Barnes for Vicki Rasmussen); Sweet As Candy (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost); Ominous Flyer (Dale Chalk).

Marburg, June 20: Leo Striker (Amy Rees for Mark Rees); Stylish Boulevard (Amy Rees for Barty Cockburn); Isabella Maree (Matt Elkins for Julie Weidemann); Goldplay (Barty Cockburn); Feelgood Factor (Matt Elkins for Ron Sallis).

Albion Park, June 23: Justabitnoisy (Gary Whitaker for Doug Lee); Feel The Need (Gary Whitaker for Travis McKay); Paint The Hammer (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Riverboat Prince (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin).

Redcliffe, June 24: Red Castle Warrior (Noel Parrish); Oozing Potential (Gary Whitaker for Darren Hooper); Jack Frost (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost); Sweet As Candy (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost).

Gold Coast at Redcliffe, June 25: Victree Vendetta (Gary Whitaker for Steve Furey); Icefire (Gary Whitaker for Vic Frost); Forever Texas (Hayden Barnes for Jack Butler); Stout (Amy Rees for Doug Lee).


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