Big Guns Shipping in for the TAB Winter Carnival

19 June 2019

Im Themightyquinn winning the 2014 Garrard's Sunshine Sprint, is his Albion Track Record of 1:50.4 in jeopardy?

During the first three weeks in July all roads in harness racing will lead to Albion Park or as it is affectionately known ‘the Creek’ for the renowned TAB Winter Carnival and the conduct of Queensland’s major feature races that will be spearheaded by the $250,000 TAB Blacks A Fake (G1) a leg of the Australasian Grand Circuit on Saturday evening 20 July 2019.

The local star in Colt Thirty One trained and driven by leading horseman Grant Dixon has fired the first shot with a resounding win in a lead-up feature the Egmont Park Stud sponsored Mr Feelgood last Saturday night at Albion Park when he paced the mile and a quarter journey in a slick MR of 1:53.4.

New Zealand’s top harness barn All Stars conducted by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will head a list of prominent stables from New Zealand, Victoria and New South Wales that will be campaigning in Brisbane during this time with a list of ‘possible and probable’s that will include leading stables the likes of former NZ’ers Tim and Anthony Butt and Sonya Leigh Smith as well as the satellite stable of Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby. New South Wales will have strong representation through campaigners Chris Frisby, Kevin Pizzuto, Scott Hewitt, John Boserio, Rickie Alchin, Robbie and KerryAnn Morris, Barry Lew, Shane and Lauren Tritton, Grant Jones, Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy whilst the Victorians will be headed by Dean Braun, Zac Steenhuis, Emma Stewart and last year’s TAB trainers bonus winner Mattie Craven to name but a few.

On opening night 6 July the feature races are the $30,000 Egmont Park Stud Southeast Oaks (G3) for the three year old fillies, the inaugural running of the ‘J C McMullen’ (G3) for C2 to C5 pacers only taking a career penalty for winning this $30,000 event, the $20,000 Wayne Wilson Paleface Adios Classic for the two year olds and the Badcock Group Of Companies Lucky Creed (Listed) for the open class pacers of $25,000.

The middle night 13 July sees the running of the time honoured sprint in the $100,000 Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint (G1) for the open class, the $100,000 TAB Queensland Oaks for the three year old fillies, the Egmont Park Stud Southeast Derby (G3) for the three year olds, the Fleur de Lil Ladyship (Listed) of $25,000 for the mares and the $50,000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Queensland Trotters Cup (G1) and a penalty exempt Female Driver’s Invitation of $20,000.

There is every indication with the caliber of the field available for the Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint (G1) that West Australian Im Themightyquinn’s Albion Park track record for the metric mile of 1:50.4 set in this race in 2014 may be in some jeopardy! 

As earlier stated the closing night on Saturday 20 July sees the running of the ‘jewel in the crown’ the prestigious TAB Blacks A Fake (G1) for the open class, the $100,000 TAB Queensland Derby for the three year olds, the $100,000 Egmont Park Stud QBred Triad Finals for the eligible two year olds, the $30,000 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4YO Championship (G3), the $20,000 Haras Des Trotteurs Trotter’s Marathon and a penalty exempt Driver’s Invitation of $20,000.

The record book shows that it’s a who’s who of winners of the TAB Blacks A Fake (G1) spearheaded by the races namesake who saluted on three occasions with Natalie Rasmussen in the bilke and in more recent times smart campaigners in Let It Ride, Hectorjayjay and Im Themightyquinn were successful.

Silks Trackside Marquee and the famous seafood buffet will be open during the course of the TAB Winter Carnival on Saturdays 6, 13, & 20 July with bookings available by phoning the Club on 07 3262 2577.

Champion Pacer Honoured At Albion Park This Saturday

13 June 2019

With multiple feature races in both North America and Australia, a reputable stud career and more than 3 million dollars prizemoney to his name, it’s more than merited that this Saturday night’s feature race is named after the great Mr Feelgood.

Albion Park has been honoured to host the feature race in recent years leading up to the Winter Carnival held in July.

Bred in the United States, Mr Feelgood raced in North America for many years with victories including the Little Brown Jug, the Presidential and the Graduate FFA.

His stud career began while he was still racing. The best of his Northern Hemisphere progeny are Im Feeling Good 1:49.6 winner of over $500k– (The Big Dog), Feels Good 1:53.2 – winner of over $200k (Camluck) and Nathan Feels good 1:53.2 winner also of over $200k (Keystone Raidar).

In 2008, the talented pacer was purchased by distinguished owners Kevin and Kay Seymour and Peter and Zilla O’Shea, and relocated to Australia under the care of trainer Tim Butt. He went on to win the 2009 Hunter Cup and Inter Dominion Pacing Championship, which led to him being crowned Australian Harness Horse of the Year.

Taken over by trainer Luke McCarthy, the pacer continued his great form and gained further Group One wins including the Queensland Pacing Championship in 2010 and 2011  and the 2010 Victoria Cup.

In May 2012 Mr Feelgood was retired and has since stood at Queensland’s Egmont Park Stud. He has been listed in the top 20 Australian 2YO Sires for three consecutive seasons and he currently sits 13th in this season’s National Sires Premiership for all ages.

This Saturday night’s feature race is the first of many listed and group races to be held this winter at Albion Park. The three main nights are 6th, 13th and 20th July with the final night highlighting a Grand Circuit Event the TAB Blacks A Fake.

Wagering service provider TAB has a number of attractive exotic betting propositions for this Saturday night’s meeting spearheaded by a $25,000 First 4 Jackpot on race 1 scheduled for 4:47pm EST.

This is complimented by a $5,000 Quadrella Jackpot on races 2 to 5 and $2,000 Trifecta Jackpots on races 3, 4 and 5.

To view the fields and form analysis refer to http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fields/race-fields/?mc=AP150619#APC15061901

The opening race gets underway at 4.47pm EST while The Egmont Park Stud Mr Feelgood Open Pace is race 6 at 7.11pm.

For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Group One Glory for Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint

12th June 2019

In a funding package delivered by Racing Queensland to the three racing codes earlier this week came the announcement under the harness racing section that the Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint will have a prize money increase to $100,000 and rightfully be returned to Group 1 status.

The 2019 running of the Group 1 $100,000 Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint will be conducted at Albion Park on Saturday evening July 13 on the second night of the TAB Winter Carnival.

Chris Garrard (OAM), the long term sponsor of the Sunshine Sprint said ‘the announcement was great news not only for participants in Queensland but the entire harness racing industry. This is the Sunshine State and it is a race that Queenslanders can claim as their own’. He then joked ‘I only wish that I could get one good enough to race in it’.

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairman David Fowler thanked the Garrard family on behalf of the Club for their continuous long term sponsorship of this time honored and prestigious feature event.

The Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint is certainly worthy of its Group 1 status, since the races inception in 1969 when the bonny mare Teeny Reena partnered by Brian Hancock took out the inaugural edition of this sought after feature there has been a cavalcade of champions over the years that have also added their name to the honour board.

Koala King won it in 1976, four years before going on to win the 1980 Inter Dominion and the legendary Paleface Adios became the first horse to win the race twice, backing up his 1973 win with another success in 1978

On the opening night of the new Albion Park 5/8th mile track in 1983, Joe Ilsley drove Amazing Trick to victory in a time of 1.59.4 to break the two minute barrier with Queenslander Wondai’s Mate successful in 1986 while another Inter Dominion winner in Thorate won it in the bi-centennial year of 1988.

Into the new millennium and more big names of harness racing were etched onto the trophy including ‘Hall Of Famer’ Blacks A Fake with victories in 2007 and 2011, Mr Feelgood in 2010, Avonnova in 2015 and Hectorjayjay going back to back in 2016 and 2017.

West Australian, Im Themightyquinn set the Albion Park track record for the mile journey of 1.50.4 when saluting for the father and son Hall stable in 2014.

Silks Trackside Marquee and the famous seafood buffet will be open during the course of the TAB Winter Carnival on Saturdays 6, 13, & 20 July with bookings available by phoning the Club on 07 3262 2577.

Albion Park Honours J C McMullen

7 May 2019

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will honour the memory of harness racing great ‘J C McMullen’ with an annual major feature race named in his honour on the opening night of the Winter Carnival at Albion Park.

 The inaugural conduct of this feature will be on the opening night of the 2019 Winter Carnival scheduled for Saturday night 6 July and will replace the current Premier’s Cup.

 The ‘J C McMullen’ (G3) is of $31,400 over the 2138m for C2/C5 pacers where the winner will only take a Career Penalty that is in accordance with the Australian Handicapping Rules.

 John was the doyen of Queensland harness racing for more than half a century and for these achievements he was one of the original Queensland Harness Racing ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees.

 His CV is considerable and includes multiple metropolitan trainer and driver premierships at Albion Park, success as a commercial breeder of standardbreds with his partner the late John Gibson at Success Stud, a pioneer in the exporting of the breed to North America where he also had his fair share of success as a trainer and driver over an extended period of time.

 This year’s Winter Carnival at Albion Park will be conducted on 6, 13 and 20 July with the $200,000 TAB Black’s A Fake (G1) a leg of the Australasian Grand Circuit the main feature of the carnival to be conducted on the final Saturday evening.

 The Silk’s Marquee will be in operation during the three race nights of the Winter Carnival with the now famous Silk’s seafood smorgasbord available for $89 per person, for bookings ring 07 3262 2044.

Egmont Park Stud to Sponsor Major Features

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Egmont Park Stud will become the naming rights sponsor to four prominent juvenile feature races to be run at Albion Park, including the 2-year-old Group 1 QBred Triad Finals for both sexes set to be run on July 20, the final night of the TAB Winter Carnival.

Egmont Park Stud Master, Peter Bell said in signing the sponsorship agreement “we are always happy to encourage and support harness racing in Queensland.   

 The other two Egmont Park Stud sponsored races will be the 2-year-old QBred Breeders Classic Finals scheduled for April 13.

“The Albion Park Harness Racing Club is delighted to secure Egmont Park Stud’ sponsorship for these prestigious races,” APHRC Chairman David Fowler said.

“These races regularly promote the best in our younger ranks and are often a springboard to bigger and better things.”

“Egmont Park has long been the trail blazer in Queensland breeding and the club has also enjoyed a close association with the nursery.”

“It's a wonderful for their brand to be associated with these feature races", Fowler said.

As part of the sponsorship, Egmont Park Stud will also play host to a special function for owners that have qualified starters for the 2-year-old Triad Finals to be held at Albion Park on Blacks A Fake night July 20.