Press Release - Executive Manager Appointment

1 April 2020

Scott Steele has been appointed as Executive Manager of the Albion Park Harness Racing Club.

Steele was successful from a wide range of applicants for the position which was vacated by Damian Raedler in late January.

His appointment follows an eight year association with the Brisbane Racing Club, fulfilling roles as Operations Manager and General Manager of Clubs.

“To secure a high profile employee from Queensland’s leading thoroughbred club is a coup for Albion Park,” club chairman David Fowler said today.

“Scott knows how to get results. His role in the on-going success of the BRC’s Gallopers Sports Club and Souths Sports Club is testimony to this.

But his knowledge and passion of harness racing and excellent association with many industry participants made him a clear choice,” Fowler added.

Steele acknowledged the opportunity the Brisbane Racing Club had afforded him which has emboldened him to be confident in approaching his new role.

“This is a chance in a lifetime and I believe I can bring a lot to the table,”  Steele said.

Steele will begin with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club in early May.

 

Revised Harness Racing Features

31 March 2020

The 2020 TAB Queensland Constellations will not proceed this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

With strict biosecurity measures currently in place, RQ advised last week that it would be abandoning its up-coming carnivals across its three codes including harness racing.

Presently, the following Sales and QBRED features remain as programmed. They are:

QBRED Feature Night – May 23

  • $50k 3YO Triad Colts & Geldings plus Consolation;
  • $50k 3YO Triad Fillies plus Consolation;
  • $25k 4YO Triad Entires;
  • $25k 4YO Triad Mares;
  • $25k 2YO Breeders Classic Colts & Geldings plus Consolation; and
  • $25k 2YO Breeders Classic Fillies plus Consolation.

Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final - June 19

  • $25k Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale (3YO) Final.

Redcliffe Yearling Sale Final - June 27

  • $100k Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale (2YO) Final.

QBRED 2YO Triads – July 25

  • $100k 2YO Triad Colts & Geldings plus Consolation; and
  • $100k 2YO Triad Fillies plus Consolation.

APG Brisbane Sale Final – August 8

  • $100k APG Brisbane Sale 2YO Final.

2YO Trotters Springboard Series – June to July  

  • Heats (June 23, July 7 and July 21); and
  • $15k 2YO Trotters Springboard Series Final (July 31).

3YO Trotters Springboard Series – June to July 

  • Heats (June 5, June 9, July 3 and July 17); and
  • $10k 3YO Trotters Springboard Series Final (July 31).

QBRED 2YO Trotters Triad – 14 Aug 

  • $10k QBRED 2YO Trotters Triad.

QBRED 3YO Trotters Triad – 14 Aug 

  • $10k QBRED 3YO Trotters Triad.

In the coming months, RQ will still provide selected features for local participants.

Full details will be published shortly which will include opportunities across age groups and gaits including:

  • FFA;
  • 3YO Colts & Geldings;
  • 3YO Fillies;
  • Mares; and
  • Trotters.

Members Update

31 March 2020

Dear Members,

First and foremost, I hope you are all in good health as we travel the unchartered course of the Co-Vid19 pandemic.

 It goes without saying these are unprecedented times, exacerbated by the unknown factor of when it will pass and our way of life can return to something considered normal.

 From a racing point of view your club is continuing to provide our regular weekly schedule of Tuesday, Friday and Saturday racing without members or the general public permitted to attend.

 By all reports our participants and officials are adhering well to the strict bio-security conditions which have been in effect since March 17.

 It was disappointing to learn our July carnival has been shelved as a result of the current climate but it was an inevitable choice that Racing Queensland had to make.

 The decision was consistent with those delivered to the other codes in this state and consistent with similar decisions being made in other states regarding Carnivals and prizemoney levels.

 The patron-free racing model has seen the Pacers And Chasers bistro closed until permitted to re-open.

 This is a revenue stream now denied to us but our senior management  reacted swiftly in terms of financial packages for its full-time and casual staff.

 Fortunately, we have always been prudent with our race club staff and presently they all continue to perform their normal roles on a weekly basis.

 With the likelihood of the current situation continuing for sometime, your club will be instigating discussions with Racing Queensland regarding our commercial position.

 Apart from overseeing the weekly racing, your committee will soon be appointing a new Executive Manager as well as unveiling a new APHRC structure and an exciting new Club Membership model.

 Our committee looks forward to seeing you when the present restrictions are lifted.

 Regards,

David Fowler
Chairman

Changeover Classic Gives Owners Something To Look Forward To

27 March 2020

Even though they can’t attend the races, owners of tomorrow night’s Changeover Classic runners have something to look forward to.  

While patron-free racing was introduced to protect the health and safety of our participants, it hasn’t stopped the quality of horses on the track. The Changeover Classic is the first 2YO feature race for the season and offers a nice $20,000 prizemoney as well as a Rio Cobra Sulky up for grabs, courtesy of Garrards.

The 2YO feature race is race 6 on the program to be held at 8.12pm EST. It brings together a field of nine quality pacers with the early favourite being number four, the Jack Butler trained This Ones For You, with Chris Geary taking the reins. This filly had her debut win at her first and only start on 29th February where she clocked a nice mile rate of 1:56.8.

Other promising pacers that line up for this race include Onlysbest who boasts a record of two wins from two starts, along with Glitter Strip who is also a last start winner.

View the form guide at http://www.harness.org.au/form.cfm?mc=AP280320&rc=APC28032009

Tomorrow night’s race meeting at Albion Park has several exquisite betting propositions courtesy of Wagering service provider TAB. Headlining these offers is a $15K First 4 Jackpot on race 1, TAB Band 4 / Band 2 Pace scheduled for 5:40pm EST.

Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 6:12pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3, 4 & 5.

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.

 

Important information relating to COVID-19

24th March 2020

 Racing continues to go ahead at Albion Park Harness Racing Club.

The health and safety of our staff and participants is our biggest concern and under the guidance of Racing Queensland we have implemented several measures to best ensure their wellbeing.

The first of these measures was to introduce patron free racing from Tuesday 17th March 2020.

To assist with this process, RQ advised that attendance should be limited to essential licensed personnel – click here to see those who were permitted – with further limitations now being advised. They are:

  • Maximum of one stable hand per three horses – staff to be notified to the club;
  • Raceday attendees to be recorded; and
  • No food or beverages to be supplied on-course.
  • Any licensed participant who arrives in the state from 26th March, will be required to undertake a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period before being permitted onto a Queensland racecourse.

Reduced field sizes

 Until further notice, RQ has advised of the following amendments to Queensland field sizes. They are:

  • Maximum of eight races per meeting on weekdays;
  • Redcliffe field sizes reduced to eight with a maximum of 80 horses per meeting (excluding Clerks Of Course); and
  • Albion Park field sizes to be reduced to 10 with a maximum of 100 horses per meeting (Excluding Clerks of Course).

Race colour restrictions

Commencing on Wednesday, March 25, RQ has implemented new restrictions on race colours. Drivers shall compete in their own racing colours for each drive at any specific race meeting.

Drivers who do not have a registered set of race colours - or do not have their registered set of race colours available - are asked to contact the Racing Queensland Harness Racing Office to discuss alternative arrangements.

For queries please contact the RQ Harness Racing Office on (07) 3869 9768.

Sign-in Procedure

A new sign-in procedure for trainers and drivers has been implemented to increase hygiene and social distancing measures.  The acceptance office will be moved outside the winners circle bar, this is to limit the amount of people in an enclosed space. Trainers/drivers will not be required to sign but instead need to make themselves seen by the acceptance officer who will sign you in. Please advise them of your strappers names for our records. Cash payments for molasses will no longer be accepted and instead we will take a note of how many bottles each trainer purchases and an invoice will be issued.

Hygiene and social distancing

The intent of the patron-free racing is to assist the community obligation to uphold social distancing principles where at all possible.

 Personal actions to assist include:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Participants to leave immediately after their racing commitments once cleared by stewards;
  • Face to face media interviews cancelled;
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue;
  • Disposing of tissues properly;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol based sanitisers, including before and after eating, after going to the toilet, and after using shared equipment;
  • Cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets;
  • Avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential;
  • Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible;
  • Minimising physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions; and
  • Supporting social distancing enhancements introduced by QRIC, RQ, and Club officials at race meetings.

 Click here to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 advice from Racing Queensland.

 

 

Closed race meetings from today

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Racing Queensland has advised that all TAB and non-TAB meetings across the state will be conducted without patrons until further notice.

Following the Federal Government’s advice that all non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to manage the spread of COVID-19, RQ has confirmed that all future meetings – along with trials and trackwork  – will be limited to key race-day personnel.

Access will be permitted to licenced participants who have a horse or greyhound engaged at the meeting, along with essential club, QRIC and RQ staff; broadcast services; approved accredited media; and associated staff required to conduct racing activities including veterinarians and ambulance services. 

Access will not be permitted to the general public in any code, nor owners or on-course wagering providers.

“We are experiencing a unique and complex situation which requires Racing Queensland to adopt a uniform approach,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“The health and safety of our 40,000 participants, including those who are employed in the industry, remains our top-priority and we will continue to work with our clubs, QRIC and participants to navigate this period.

“We are mindful of the carnivals we have on the horizon - and the impact that this decision may have on our clubs – but it is important that we restrict on-course access in the short-term to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact to our industry.”

Additionally, access will not be permitted to any key race-day personnel in Queensland that:

  • Is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or is otherwise unwell;
  • Has been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • Is subject to self-isolation requirements imposed by the Government; or
  • Has been in close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

Feature Race Night Honouring McNeil Family

5 March 2020

This Saturday night at Albion Park is an exciting night for the trotters while we honour a devoted harness racing family as well as raise money for a critical disease.

The two main feature races are the G3 Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final and the Ruby McNeil King of the Claimers.

Jim McNeil was a successful horseman who played a crucial part to the establishment of the trotter as a racing reality in Queensland. McNeil invested a large sum of money in loosely assessed trotters, which he purchased in New Zealand and flew to Queensland, where he saw that they fell into the hands of trainers who were keen to see the gait go forward. It was instant racing, and over 20 years later we are still forging steadily ahead.

The memorial race has been held since 2011 however this year the club has also honoured his wife Ruby with a feature race after she sadly passed away in recent months. The family were very generous sponsors to the Club for many years.

The night also features the annual WCF Team Teal Female Drivers Invitation pace. The Team Teal campaign is run across six weeks in February and March each year, all reinswomen in Australasia race in teal pants to raise awareness and much-needed funds for gynaecological cancer research when they secure first across the finish line.

Queensland lady drivers have raised over $20,000 with their impressive 55 winners.

The campaign ends next Saturday night (14th March) with other festivities on track to raise money and awareness including raffles, mini trot parades and the handing over of the cheque. If you can’t make it to the track, head to https://aphrc.com.au/index.php/events1 to find out how you can help.

This Saturday night’s race meeting at Albion Park has several exquisite betting propositions courtesy of Wagering service provider TAB. Headlining these offers is a $15K First 4 Jackpot on race 1, Garrards Horse & Hound Pace scheduled for 5:40pm EST.

Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 6:12pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3, 4 & 5.

For the most up to date form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting:

http://www.harness.org.au/punting/punters-corner/form-analysis/?keyNum=272826

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.

 

The TAB Queensland Constellations has arrived

March 4, 2020

A new and improved winter harness racing carnival will be re-branded the ‘TAB Queensland Constellations’ in 2020 featuring 10 Group 1s and more than $2 million in prize money and bonuses.

Having previously announced the launch of the $250,000 Rising Sun - the richest harness race in the Southern Hemisphere for three and four-year-old pacers – the Queensland Constellations has been turbo-charged with a raft of new initiatives.

During June and July, the Sunshine State will host five electrifying meetings under lights, with Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe among those looking forward to the new-look carnival.

“The TAB Queensland Constellations is an exciting initiative for Australasia’s shooting stars,” he said.

 “With 10 Group 1s, the introduction of the Rising Sun and a season-ending Grand Circuit feature courtesy of the TAB Blacks A Fake, Queensland will be in the spotlight this winter.”

 With eight Group 1 races in 2019, the addition of the Rising Sun and the reallocation of the DJA Trotting Championship from its summer timeslot has swollen this year’s tally to double figures.

 In an exciting new addition, TAB will sponsor $10,000 Sunshine Starters bonuses to any winners of the following features who contest the Queensland Derby, Queensland Oaks, Rising Sun or Blacks A Fake. They are:

 - 2019 Inter Dominion

- 2020 Victoria Derby

- 2020 Victoria Oaks

- 2020 4YO Bonanza

- 2020 Hunter Cup

- 2020 NSW Derby

- 2020 NSW Oaks

- 2020 Chariots Of Fire

- 2020 Miracle Mile.

 In addition, TAB will also provide a $100,000 bonus to any three-year-old horse that can salute in the Rising Sun.

 “TAB is proud to back Queensland harness racing and is thrilled to be sponsoring the TAB Queensland Constellations,” Tabcorp Head of Wagering – Queensland, Sean Scott said.

 “It’s great to see innovation in racing and this new-look carnival brings together exciting Group 1 racing and new bonuses for participants.

 “It’s something we think harness racing fans and participants can really get behind.”

 For a successive year, black-type racing will commence on the Peninsula with heats for the Group 1 Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sale 2YO Final being staged on June 19.

 A victor will be crowned the following week, with the Group 2 Redcliffe Cup helping anchor the feature night.

 "The Redcliffe feature night provides the perfect platform to launch the TAB Queensland Constellations," Redcliffe President Bernie Ring said.

 "The Redcliffe Cup is among the highlights on the Queensland harness racing calendar, and with Group 1 racing also on the card, we're looking forward to a bigger and better 2020.”

 The action then transfers to Albion Park with three successive weeks of Group 1 racing commencing with the Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint on July 11.

 The Rising Sun, TAB Queensland Oaks and DJA Trotting Championship headline the July 18 meeting before culminating with five Group 1s on July 25 including the $250,000 Blacks A Fake.

 “A new era begins with this year’s harness racing carnival,” Albion Park chairman David Fowler said.

 “The inaugural Rising Sun gives Queensland a point of difference alongside our established Grand Circuit Blacks A Fake.

 “Who would have thought we would host two $250,000 races at our Carnival alongside such a wide range of features? The new branding and the Sunshine Starters bonus further add to the innovative approach to the Carnival.”

 

Press Release: Raedler Bows Out

11 February 2020
By David Fowler

Damian Raedler has announced his retirement from harness racing administration.

Raedler bows out after a “second time around” as the chief executive of the Albion Park Harness Racing Club.

“I’ve had a good innings of nearly 40 years in the business. You know when it’s time,” Raedler said.

A flair for race broadcasting saw Raedler offside the legendary John Tapp in the late seventies and early eighties in Sydney at radio station 2GB.

He took a quantum leap in 1983 moving his young family to Queensland  to begin what would become  a distinguished career in harness racing administration.

Initially the Albion Park HRC marketing manager, he assumed the general manager role not long afterwards and held the position for the next two decades.

“I arrived at a great time as it was the opening of the new 1000 metre track and grandstand. Albion Park was dubbed the “speed pacing capital of Australia”, “ he reflected.

“These were terrific times. Big crowds and exciting racing,” he added.

Raedler is immensely proud of his role in the running of the 1986, 1993 and 2001 Inter Dominions at Albion Park.

“I might be biased but some of the best Inter Dominion carnivals were in Queensland,” he said.

He returned to New South Wales in 2004 when he secured the appointment  as  chief executive of the commercial arm of Harness Racing New South Wales.

This was to be a short stint and soon after he returned to Queensland and his expertise was snapped up by the various controlling bodies of the sport over the next decade.

“To be able to return to Albion Park for my final working role was not lost on me,” he said.

Current Albion Park HRC chairman David Fowler paid Raedler the highest compliment on the announcement of his retirement.

“His word was his bond. His knowledge of the complex was second to none. Not only was he a great administrator but a great friend, “ Fowler said.

His expertise was acknowledged in 2008 when he was awarded the Harness Racing Australia “Distinguished National Service Award” for his contribution to the harness racing industry.

The Albion Park HRC will now embark on a course to secure a new Chief Executive to replace Raedler.

“They will be hard shoes to fill,” Fowler pointed out.

Best Way to Spend Aussie Day

Don't miss your opportunity to purchase a future champion pacer this Australia Day! Join us on Sunday 26th January for the APG Brisbane Yearling Sale and enjoy ice cold drinks and delicious food as you witness impressive yearlings go through the sales ring.

There’s plenty of reasons to buy from the Brisbane sale including the increased QBred bonuses available at any age and Albion Park hosting races with over 400K in prizemoney for the APG 2020 Sales Graduates.  

The Brisbane catalogue boasts some impressive pedigree with full/half brothers to Colt Thirty One ($825,756), Forever Gold ($700,593), Sally Fletcher ($433,431), Charming Allie ($266,029) and Shezza GNP ($210,628) among others. It features progeny of Forever Gold, Courageous Annie NZ ($201,551), Catwalk Beauty ($156,566) and many other earners of over $100K.

APG can also assist with group ownership/syndication opportunities, finance solutions and insurance options.

For further information or to view the catalogue visit www.apgold.com.au

Sale Details:
Viewing of yearlings: From 9am
Complimentary breakfast & drinks courtesy of APG
Sale begins: 12 noon
Sign up: located in the upstairs Albion Park Harness Racing Office, enter through the members room