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THE RECENT ARRESTS within Queensland Harness Racing is unfortunately not surprising and certainly brings out in front of the general public, and unfortunately all the knockers, that the Queensland industry as everyone knew has been in strife for some time.
There’s a lot of people who would like to say a lot of things about why the industry has been dragged down to these dark times and I’ve got no doubt there are a small number of people who have held important positions over the past years that should be hanging their heads in shame.
There would be many who may say the Queensland industry has been brought to its knees by self-interest and chest bashing by certain individuals and good hard working harness racing lovers of the standardbreds and the sport as either an owner, a hobby trainer, hobby breeder or a punter have been driven away.
Would you not also think the Stewards have an awful lot to answer for when these arrests have developed from racing held and instigated by licensed individuals under their watch and have been under their watch for a very long time.
There’s no way a suggestion of dishonesty but the length of employment of some Stewards in Queensland harness racing is quite remarkable.
LAST THURSDAY night at Addington must have seen an NZ record for the number of claims put in for one horse.
The Cran Dalgety trained Art Union was in race one as a $5,000 claimer and was subject to ballot from eighteen individual claims.
Not only did his owners pick up the $5,000 claim but also the $5,300 first prizemoney, as the son of Art Major (USA) was an easy winner of the 1950m race, to bring his race record to now seventeen Australian and New Zealand wins for just on $210,000 in stakes.
SPEAKING OF Christchurch trainer Cran Dalgety, another son of Art Major (USA), in the six win Innocent Artist (1.57.3), a full brother to the very good horse Resterpo, has been sold out of the stable through our books to Victorian interests, as has another Dalgety trained horse in the well performed Alpha Rock (1.59.8, 8 wins, $58,714) who will head to the NSW stable of Shane and Lauren Tritton.
PERHAPS THEY heard a whisper and were a bit unsure of their future, but Queensland pacers Chilla Breeze, Miss Costalot and Good Feelings are all Tasmanian bound and heading to the stable of leading trainer, Ben Yole.
THE STEVEN REID promising American Ideal (USA) three year old in Rain Man (1.58.6) was subject, through our books, to a good six figure offer last week to join a Sydney stable but the offer was knocked back with the owners eyeing the upcoming PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales races plus a good five figure offer for the Ken & Tony Barron, Royal Bengal (1.55.4) also has been declined by his Southland owners.
GREAT TO HEAR that the very good Auckland based mare, Cyclone Kate (1.50.3, 21 wins, $360,349) has had her initial pregnancy test and was found to be in foal to champion sire, Bettors Delight (USA).
Her dam Eyre To The Throne, after producing her sixth filly from seven foals and also by Bettors Delight (USA), has been served by Somebeachsomewhere (USA) and waiting her fourteen day test.
IF YOU HAVE seen a certain Pukekohe based trainer walking around like a little old man or sitting in the training cart looking like the Hunchback Of Notre Dame don’t panic, the cause has been rectified.
After a lot of squeezing, then injecting and cutting with a lot of screaming thrown in, a rather nasty boil has been attacked by the man in questions sub-continent doctor (That wasn’t the actual wording used) and the worst of his rear end problems seem to be over !!
HE'S GETTING CLOSER – The great warhorse Destreos NZ (1.51.9) made win ninety eight last night at Hobart and took his lifetime earnings to a tick over the $800,000 mark.
Only two wins to go until he hits what the pommie cricketers can’t – A century !!
I KNOW IT’S an old one but it is true that the near seaside Brisbane suburb of Deception Bay, was named that well before a certain trainer caught up in last weeks Queensland arrests, trained from the area.
TRUST EVERYONE has a great week – I’m not certain if many in the Sunshine State will.
As one learned Queensland enthusiast commented there are many great people that are disappointed, ashamed, embarrassed, angry, confused and perplexed.
Anyway - Best regards as always and good health to all.

Stuart & Marg Valentine

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