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LAST WEEK we spoke of the terrible horse float accident in Tasmania when four horses from the Ben Yole stable lost their life and the five occupants of the towing vehicle suffered various degrees of injuries – Some serious.

With well-known jockey Craig Newitt and his partner starting off a Go Fund Me to raise funds to help towards costs that the injured will come up against in the weeks and months ahead, we decided to donate A$625.00 from The Methven Magpie's 2022 Charity Punters Corner Tipping winnings towards this great cause.

At our last look A$13,520 had been raised and to make your own donation just goggle “Tassie Young Gun Recovery.”

THE YOLE STABLE has been a good supporter of ourselves over the last years having us purchase horses for their stable within Australia and also have us look after their yearling sale insurance requirements.

Just recently they have dipped their toes in to the water by purchasing a going New Zealand pacer.

The ex-Scott Dickson trained three-win Sir Lincoln mare Twice Shy NZ has arrived at the Yole stable in the last days.

We certainly hope she does a great job for the stable and also trust things are looking up just a little for everyone after last week’s terrible accident.

I DON’T KNOW how it goes for the creditability of certain Queensland Standardbred Yearling Sales when vendors openly comment that their yearlings are only in the sale to run through and buy back so they become eligible for the race series attached to the sales.

This happened last week with a near Brisbane based breeder / owner / trainer when interviewed on a harness racing related radio morning programme that his yearling in the upcoming Redcliffe sale was going to be a buy back.

We know a large number in that Redcliffe Sale each year are not there for genuine sale but surely you don’t publicly come out and say that.

Doesn’t seem very clever, as certainly gives the opportunity for other attendees at the sale to have a bit of fun and run that particular lot up and make the vendor pay more to buy it back !!

ON THE POSITIVE side of Queensland Harness Racing, every time you listen to a radio interview with one of Racing Queensland’s Harness Racing hierarchy on Chris Barsby’s  “Mobile Rolling” 4TAB radio program, there is often one common comment that is made.

It's often said by Racing Queensland personnel, when speaking of particular issues publicly on “Mobile Rolling” that they will consult with the industries participants before making any final decision.

A perfect example is what size track should the new Brisbane track be and there has been other issues in the past that effect everyone.

It’s a shame that Harness Racing Australia don’t take a leaf out of the Racing Queensland personnel's book.

Their arrogance in making vital decisions without consulting the industries participants is destroying the game.

A number of breeders and owners who have or are leaving the sport due to their arrogant decisions is a crying shame and they can’t see it.

If mares served within Australia this breeding season is what some are predicting and numbers down again, what will HRA defence be in the decisions they have made regarding the Service Fee “Tax” and breeding number restrictions ?

ON THE horse movement side saw the Bob Butt trained Princess Leia NZ arrive in Sydney yesterday heading to a Brisbane stable.

Also flying into Sydney, but last week was the Sam Payne trained Anna Love NZ, who has gone to the Brad Hewitt stable and another from the Payne stable in Meet Me At The Beach NZ has also been purchased by another good NSW based client of ours in Jackson Painting, and will in fly next week.

The Goulburn based stable of Brad Hewitt has also purchased Ivan Courts four win pacer Emmas Boy NZ and he is to arrive into Sydney Airport tomorrow before floating on to his new home.

All the very best to purchasers.

TRUST EVERYONE has a great week - Best wishes to all.

Stuart and Marg Valentine

Harness Racing - the Industry of Dreams


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