QT trot columnist and harness racer Denis Smith.
QT trot columnist and harness racer Denis Smith. David Nielsen

Unique benefit being offered

HE'S back. As promised, so many moons back, phase one of the third re-invention of Steven Alexander Clements, a man with a consuming passion for the light harness sport.

When the milking camels replaced the broodmares, juveniles and racing stock on 1000 acres of the Glengarry stud at Harrisville, and following the demise of his more than useful stallion Rob Roy Mattgregor, many of us thought it was over for Clements.

However, never one for the pessimistic attitude, Clements is back in the stallion business with three sires aimed at the battler's end of the market.

Two are proven performers - All American Ingot and Major In Art - and they stand at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Congupna Victoria, partnered by the unraced Bull Mattgregor NZ.

The older horses carry a unique benefit should your mare produce a filly foal.

The new boy is starting his career at $550 and hoping to emulate his sire.

There are additional benefits for Marburg members so ring Steve on 0408 700 111 for all the information or see me for a brochure.

Marburg excitement

OCTOBER is about to become entertainment month in the Marburg Pacing Association line-up.

Marburg's next TAB meeting will be the Monday of the Queen's Birthday weekend.

Just check out the attractions for that day, designed to take you back to the time when on course at the trots was the place to be and be seen.

October 1 is Support Drought Affected Farmers Family Raceday. It features an animal farm, Pick the Card ($1950), Mini-trots, Pat-a-pony, raffles, market stalls, billy tea and damper from the camp oven and free face painting.

The UBET van will be on track, along with a bookmaker and the athletic highlight of the day - the Marburg Pacing Association Farmer's obstacle challenge.

The club will also host two memorial races - The Des and Val Wallace Memorial and the Jean and Wally Mitchell Memorial.

Both families have a long and strong connection with Marburg, Rocklea and the world of the battler in harness racing.

The day signals the start of the Barastoc Feeds October Trainer's Premiership. Be in it to win it.

Premier efforts

THE Marburg premierships for the 2017/18 racing season have been released.

"Driver of the year'' went down to the wire with Matt Elkins, Adam Richardson and Nathan Dawson tied on 45 points. Elkins got the nod on a countback, having the highest number of wins.

"Horse of the year" went to the Keats family of Prenzlau thanks to the consistent efforts of Living Free.

No surprises in the "trainer of the year" department, with the accolades going to Darrell Graham, Lord Mayor of Fernvale.

Congratulations to all.

Breeding season

AS you would have gathered from earlier content, the harness breeding season is upon us.

It's that time of year when when the hopes and dreams of the smaller breeder have their genesis.

If, in this part of the world, there are no superstars of the stallion roster available, at least we have the choice of a good number of sires which are worth a second, and perhaps a third look when choosing a consort for the honest old mare in the back paddock.

Burwood Stud at Pittsworth have a line-up of three proven horses, including Cammibest, Lanercost and Changeover.

The Denning family have a rock solid reputation in all aspects of harness husbandry, putting the polish on the product all the way from conception to the sale ring. They report that service and semen bookings are a bit slow at this point. This is attributed to the drought and the somewhat depressed state of the industry in Queensland.

However, quality will be maintained.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 4-8-9: Always My Mate (P McMullen)-Miss Kenny (A Richardson)-Grinvil (Matt Elkins).

R2: Quinella 5-12: The Ides Of March (N Dawson) and Beau Cishlom (D McMullen).

R3: E/w 1: Annika Magic (K Smith).

R4: E/w 1: Riverleigh Jeff (S Doherty).

R5: Quinella 2-10: Annas Best (N McMullen) and The Next Star (B Graham).

R6: Quinella 1-2: Major Score (N Dawson) and Spike Bromac (N McMullen).

R7: Quinella 2-3: January (K Rasmussen) and Mandy Kriden (L Cain).

R8: Box trifecta 3-5-12: Soldier Of Fortune (D McMullen)-Malone (D Graham)-One Off (I Ross).

R9: Box trifecta 2-4-5: Chal Fire (K Dawson)-Ohoka Punter (G Dixon)- Bohdi Tree (L Cain).

R10: Box trifecta 6-8-9: Rostevarren (N Dawson)-Giacomo (I Ross)-Our Overanova (G Dixon).

Honour board

This week's leader board has the widest spread for some time, with six trainers all tied on two winners apiece. They are Kelli Dawson, Ron Sallis, Darrell Graham, Chantal Turpin, Jay Edmunds, and Adam Richardson. The drivers were (in descending order): Nathan Dawson six (rate 300), Pete McMullen five (300), Danielle McMullen four (200) and Matt Elkins three (150).

That's a great result with an Ipswich factor of 30/48.

Albion Park, September 7: Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson); Franco Totem (Darrell Graham); Miss Kenny (Adam Richardson).

Marburg, September 9: Liava (Adam Richardson); Soldier Of Fortune (Danielle McMullen for Karen Schulz); High On Montana (Ricky Gordon for Lacey Hinze); Stellagrey (Nikki Chalk for Tess Neaves); Strange Conduct (Matt Elkins for Warren Hinze).

Albion Park, September 10: Spike Bromac (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini); Grinvil (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson); Chirpy Chuckles (Kylie Rasmussen for Ron Sallis); Zalta (Matt Elkins for Mitchell Dawson); Lockton Luck (Pete McMullen for Jack Butler); Maybetothemax) (Hayden Barnes for Ron Sallis); Bobbies Girl (Ian McMahon for Jay Edmunds).

Albion Park, September 11: Argyle Beach (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Pats Delight (Nathan Dawson for Jay Edmunds); Speedie Mccardle (Danielle McMullen for Steve Cini); Maywyn No Regrets (Kelli Dawson); Subtle Delight (Nathan Dawson for Terry Hancock); Maywyns Courage (Kelli Dawson).

Redcliffe, September 12: Comigal (Pete McMullen for Brett Cargill); Theresachance (Nathan Dawson for Graham White); Goodtime Stride (Nathan Dawson for Anthony Gorman); Caesars Astrum (Pete McMullen for Richard Hutchinson); Feel The Reign (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin); Dont Be Jealous (Matt Elkins for Lacey Hinze).

Redcliffe, September 13: Im Toot (Nathan Dawson for Dale Belford); Arts Peregrine (Nathan Dawson for Trent Knack); Hot Dogma (Matt Elkins for Ross Fletcher); Stevie Dee (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).



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