9 September 2020
A new-look TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival is poised to finish the 2019/20 season in style after being released today.
As announced earlier this year, the Group 1 TAB Blacks A Fake - Queensland’s only Grand Circuit event for pacers – will headline the Summer Carnival with features to be held at Albion Park and Redcliffe throughout November and December.
In total, 11 Group races will be staged across the Summer Carnival, including the $175,000 TAB Blacks A Fake, with opportunities for pacers and trotters alike.
While COVID-19 has significantly impacted this year’s racing calendar, RQ COO Adam Wallish said all roads would lead to Queensland to conclude 2019/20.
“It’s a genuinely exciting TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival that we’ve been able to pull together,” Mr Wallish said.
“The presence of the Group 1 TAB Blacks A Fake elevates this year’s carnival and provides one final opportunity for Australasia’s premier pacers to snare a Grand Circuit victory.
“With the talent on display at the moment, it promises to be a must-watch affair.
“Given the extension of the season to the end of the calendar year, we’ve made a concerted decision to program opportunities for two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds, as well as our open-class horses.”
Having originally been slated for the TAB Queensland Constellations, the Group 2 DJA Trotting Championship returns to summer with the Final to be held at Albion Park on November 28.
The new Trotters Sprint, staged over the flying 1660m, will be held a fortnight later.
On the same night as the DJA, The Be Good Johnny Sprint (Gr3) will provide the perfect lead into the Badcock Feature Race Night highlighting the Gr3 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4YO Championship and the Gr2 Queensland Cup (December 5) and the TAB Blacks A Fake Night (December 12).
Albion Park Harness Racing Club Executive Manager Scott Steele said they were thrilled with this year’s carnival.
“What an outstanding collection of feature races we have for our Summer Carnival,” Mr Steele said.
“With the quality of horses that will be on display during the Carnival, I have no doubt Albion Park will be a sell out with the corporate industry taking the opportunity to host their Christmas parties at this ideal time.
“Hopefully COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed further by carnival time allowing us to showcase our industry to as many people as can be safely permitted.”
In addition to the Group events, Redcliffe Harness Racing Club will round out the carnival, with the open class Christmas Cup to be joined by feature races for both two and three-year-olds.
"The Redcliffe Christmas Cup is a great to finish off what has been a very trying racing season," Mr Ring said.
"With no Derby or Oaks this year, it's pleasing to see the Northgate Comfort n Suites Redcliffe Guineas and a further $10,000 Open feature."
Click here to see the full program for the 2020 TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival.
31 July 2020
A dozen new feature races will be introduced to the Queensland harness racing calendar from next month.
A joint initiative of Racing Queensland and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club, the concept has been developed following industry feedback since the adoption of the National Ratings System.
Among the most common requests from participants was increased opportunities for age-based stakes races to support two and three-year-olds throughout this part of their career.
With the support of Ultimate Tools, RQ will programme six two-year-old races and a further six three-year-old races that will be conducted as a combination of $12,000 and $20,000 features.
“The Queensland harness racing industry has done a great job innovating in recent times,” RQ COO Adam Wallish said.
“We witnessed that earlier this year with the inaugural Trot Rods series and broadcast innovations such as driver cam.
“Having conducted industry feedback, the need for Queensland to offer increased stakes opportunities for these young horses was heard loud and clear.”
While horses will be free to capture as many of the $20,000 features as they can, they will be limited to one $12,000 win before being balloted out.
In addition, Ultimate Tools will provide a $500 bonus to be evenly split between the driver and trainer, along with a further $500 voucher to the winning trainer.
“It’s important for two-year-old and three-year-old horses to get the opportunity to race their own age for good stake money on a Saturday night,” Ultimate Tools’ Greg Mitchell said.
“We are happy to partner with Albion Park and Racing Queensland to make this come to fruition.”
The inaugural two-year-old race will be held at Albion Park on Saturday, August 22 before the first three-year-old race is held on Saturday, September 19.
Both age groups will host $20,000 features as part of a new-look Summer Carnival in December.
“It is another great result for harness racing in Queensland,” APHRC Executive Manager Scott Steele said.
“It’s been one of the consistent frustrations for trainers being able to place horses against their own ages, particularly three-year-olds.
“We have listened to our racing participants and with the help of Racing Queensland and one of our partners, Ultimate Tools, these features have been born. Greg and Sharon from Ultimate Tools, long-time supporters of Albion Park, jumped at the chance to sponsor and we’re grateful for their support.”
Racing Queensland looks forward to making further announcements with regards to feature races for two and three-year-olds as part of the revised Summer Carnival that will this year feature the Grand Circuit TAB Blacks A Fake on December 12.
31st July 2020
The Albion Park Harness Racing Club wishes to advise trainers of an increase to the training track fees, new rates are displayed below.
Casual Fee - $10 per horse per visit
Monthly Fee - $35 per horse
Also a reminder of our track work times:
Monday: 4.00am to 8.00am
Tuesday: 4.00am to 7.30am
Wednesday to Sunday: 4.00am to 8.00am
If you are new to training on the track please ensure the required paperwork is filed with the Club.
9 July 2020
With the easing of COVID-19 Government restrictions we are pleased to update you with the following important information for this Saturday's race meeting and going forward.
The Albion Park Harness Racing Club is a COVID compliant facility. Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID19 symptoms, practise good hand hygiene and please ensure social distancing of 1.5m is adhered to in all areas.