2018 Harness Awards Winners

17 October 2018

The Queensland Harness Racing Awards night was held on Sunday 14th October. It was a fabulous night at Victoria Park where many trainers, drivers and horses were recognised for their success during the 2017/2018 season. The club would like to congratulate all the award winners.

The Albion Park Metropolitan Drivers Premiership was taken out by Peter McMullen. This was McMullen's first metro drivers title and the stella season landed him 49 wins and 82 placings from a total of 325 drives. Grant Dixon claimed the Metropolitan Trainers Premiership totaling 88 winners and over $1.1mil in stakes including multiple feature race victories.

The Albion Park horse of the year title was won by Glenferrie Hood NZ who had a total of nine Saturday night victories. Partnered by Peter McMullen the horses biggest feature race win for the season came in the Listed 2018 Wondais Mate Open Pace which was part of the Winter Carnival. Connections were unable to make the awards night so regular driver Peter McMullen collected the award on their behalf.

 Open class mare Village Witch claimed Albion park Mare of the Year with excited owners Josh and Chloe Powderly present to collect the trophy. The mare had six Saturday night victories at Albion Park when driven by Narissa McMullen. Towards the end of the season Village Witch was sent to New South Wales where she has since been very successful winning on six occasions at Menangle including three Gr.3 races.

 After a very successful season of 35 Saturday night winners including multiple feature race victories as well as 72 placings, it was no surprise that the Albion Park Owner of the Year was Solid Earth, for Kevin & Kay Seymour.

 Full list of 2018 UBET Queensland Harness Award Winners

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Horse of the Year

GLENFERRIE HOOD

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Metropolitan Drivers Premiership

PETE MCMULLEN

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Metropolitan Trainers Premiership

GRANT DIXON

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Owner of the Year

SOLID EARTH P/L

Albion Park Harness Racing Club Mare of the Year

VILLAGE WITCH

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Horse of the Year

CALCAVADO

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Drivers Premiership

NATHAN DAWSON

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Trainer Premiership

GRANT DIXON

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Concession Driver of the Year

NATHAN DAWSON

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Mare of the Year

SPLASH OF GOLD

Marburg Harness Racing Club Horse of the Year

LIVING FREE

Marburg Harness Racing Club Drivers Premiership

MATT ELKINS

Marburg Harness Racing Club Trainer of the Year

DARREL GRAHAM

BOTRA Rising Star – Male

MITCHELL DAWSON

BOTRA Rising Star – Female

ALEX CAIN

BOTRA Centurion Medal Trainer

GRANT DIXON, DARREL GRAHAM, CHANTAL TURPIN, JACK BUTLER

BOTRA Centurion Medal Driver

 

NATHAN DAWSON, PETE MCMULLEN, GRANT DIXON, ADAM SANDERSON

 

Kevin and Kay Seymour Queensland Young Achiever Award - Male

NATHAN DAWSON

Kevin and Kay Seymour Queensland Young Achiever Award –  Female

DANNI-ELLE MCMULLEN

Redcliffe Pegasus Award presented by Lin and Laurie Feehely

NOEL & CHRISTINE DENNING & FAMILY

RadioTAB Queensland Concession Driver of the Year

NATHAN DAWSON

Garrard’s H&H Queensland Owner of the Year

SOLID EARTH P/L

QRIC Queensland Breeder of the Year

SOLID EARTH P/L

QRIC Queensland Broodmare of the Year

CHARM PERSONIFIED

APG Queensland 2YO Pacer of the Year

SMART AS CAMM BE

Queensland 3YO Pacer of the Year

COLT THIRTY ONE

Garrard’s H&H Queensland Aged Pacer of the Year

BODHI TREE

Ladies In Racing Queensland Filly or Mare of the Year

SMART AS CAMM BE

McGarry Veterinary Services Queensland Driver of the Year

NATHAN DAWSON

Garrard’s H&H Queensland Trainer of the Year

GRANT DIXON

Seelite Windows and Doors Queensland Trotter of the Year

OUR OVERANOVA

UBET Queensland Harness Horse of the Year

COLT THIRTY ONE

 

 

Dawson and McMullen Secure Trip of a Lifetime

Monday 15 October 2018

Last night’s Harness Racing Awards Dinner brought exciting news for junior drivers and cousins Nathan Dawson and Dannielle McMullen when they were announced winners of the 2018 Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achievers Award.

The award comes with an unbelievable all-expenses paid trip to North America working and learning under the watchful eye of successful harness racing trainer and former Australian Ross Croghan. The trip will be an incredible learning curve for the youngsters and will include opportunities to visit the stables of prominent standardbred trainers such as Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke, touch base with ex-pats such as Andy McCarthy, Noel Daley and Chris Ryder to name but a few, visit renowned racetracks such as the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold as well as the possibility of securing a race drive.

Young Achiever nominations were selected on a monthly basis throughout the season by a panel of industry experts. Other nominees included Trent Moffat, Hayden Barnes, Brittany Graham, Narissa McMullen, Isobel Ross, Mitchell Dawson, Alex Cain and Matt Elkins.

Nathan Dawson was the obvious preference for the male award recipient given his unbelievable driving record in the 2017/2018 season and being nominated for the award on three occasions. He secured the Queensland Driver of the Year Premiership and was the only driver to land a double century of wins. Dawson’s career best month was in August where he landed 40 winners and 42 placings from 149 drives. In that month he drove four winners on two occasions, trebles on three occasions and recorded his 500th lifetime winner. “I hadn’t kept count of the winners that month, I just went out there and did my best. I had a really good season and it’s great to be rewarded for the hard work” Dawson stated. He was also selected to represent Queensland in the upcoming Australasian Young Drivers Championship held at Albion Park and Redcliffe in November.

McMullen also enjoyed plenty of success last season finishing within the top 10 on the state drivers, metropolitan drivers and concession drivers premierships with 78 winners from 595 drives. Along with her sister Narissa, McMullen represented the state in the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Tasmania where she finished in 2nd place, as well as competing in the Reinswomen Invitational series at Globe Derby. Narissa was
selected as last year’s Kevin and Kay Seymour Young Achiever and ironically the sisters finished on the same number of wins last season.

“I’m really looking forward to the trip, it’ll be a really great learning experience and I know it wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors Kevin and Kay Seymour”, said McMullen.

While the trip details are yet to be confirmed it has been suggested that the drivers will set off in August next year and their trip will coincide with the one million dollar Hambletonian Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L to R; Kevin Seymour AM, Nathan Dawson, Dannielle McMullen, Kay Seymour

 

 

 

Albion Park harness track to undergo immediate remediation works

Monday 8th October 2018

Work to remediate the Albion Park Harness Racing Club (APHRC) track will commence following the meeting on Tuesday 9 October 2018 after the abandonment of three meetings in recent weeks due to inclement weather.

Racing Queensland (RQ) and the APHRC have agreed to undertake a full track resurface including the use of crusher dust, which has been previously used successfully on Queensland tracks.

As a consequence, the meetings scheduled for Albion Park on 12, 13 and 16 October have been transferred to the recently renovated Redcliffe track. Advice on whether additional meetings need to be transferred will be advised as the remediation project progresses.

RQ Chief Operating Officer Adam Wallish said with the wetter summer months approaching, the club and RQ agreed an immediate remediation project was required to ensure the continuity of racing long-term.

“Racing Queensland wishes to thank both the Albion Park and Redcliffe clubs, as well as all participants for their cooperation during this time,” he said.

“Given the abandonment of metropolitan races over the past two weeks RQ and APHRC will put in place a range of initiatives to distribute the unpaid stakes. This will include increasing the prize money on offer for selected metropolitan races over the coming months.”

Mr Wallish said RQ and all clubs would now work together to build on the ongoing track maintenance schedule to prevent incidents like this occurring in the future.

“It was unfortunate the Albion Park abandonments occurred at a time when The Redcliffe Harness Racing Club track was undergoing scheduled renovation works,” Mr Wallish said.

“The works included the regrading and consolidation of the track base with new material. Training operations resumed at the Redcliffe track last week ahead of the first race meeting scheduled on the new surface on Wednesday night 10 October. We look forward to continue working with all clubs to ensure participants and horses are able to compete on safe and competitive tracks.”

APHRC Chairman David Fowler said: “The abandonment of meetings on consecutive Saturdays was unacceptable, thus an immediate solution was required to restore the confidence of participants and punters.”