Category: The QRIC

No They Weren’t, Not By a Long Stretch – They Were Just the First Ones That Found it Who Weren’t Working With the Police

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Do you reckon its any coincidence that a lab in France detected the first positive swab to a synthetic EPO product called ITPP in January of this year?

Can you see any correlation with the fact that the FBI arrested scores of people on charges of doping horses just months later in March?

Or that Tony Sears was raided in June, in a COVID-19 delayed joint task force operation?

It’s all about the ITPP, stupid.

The drenches stopped with Aquanita, Weir and others.

QRIC are just mopping up the spew with all the arrests of the small-time bums from Central Queensland.

This is the real deal.

Coke’s not it.

ITPP or one of its more recent derivatives is.

You can take that cheque to the bank and cash it right now.

Don’t drink any salt water before you go though.

It makes you piss.

Yourself laughing.

Tony Sears wasn’t questioned by the cops about Ben Currie.

He just had a chat about what might happen to his daughter if she was sent for a holiday somewhere, and asked what he’d do to make sure she didn’t go to that place.

I wonder what Tony Sears said in reply?

I’m a loving Dad too, so I know how it would feel, and what might run through your mind, especially after having been forced to endure similar conversations with people I don’t like, and prefer to avoid like the plague.

But I wasn’t tempted.

How could I ever look the girls in the eye again if I did?

My wife Maggie would kill me. Literally.

And Mum and Dad would roll in their graves.

Ask no questions, tell no lies, don’t say nuthin’, even if they bash you.

Nuthin’ ever good came of talking to coppers.

So never, ever make a police statement about nuthin’.

You’ve got nuthin’ to say anyway, so why bother?

That’s my creed.

Just look at the court records and you’ll find it.

Blank pages with the words ‘Refused to Participate in Police Record of Interview’ stamped on them, and I’m proud of it too, even if it did mean I had to miss an Epsom and two Grand Finals while locked up with ice addicted armed robbers for it. They’re not that bad anyway, just desperate junkies. As long as you are not on the other side of the counter when they enter your store.

I have an oddly warped set of moral values though, a mixture of doing the right thing myself and leading a clean, punting life on one side, and never talking to cops, or judging legitimate businessmen about their trade, or telling any tales too far out of school about things that aren’t my business on the other.

Punting is my business though, and if someone cheats me without me knowing, it affects my livelihood and the welfare of my wife and kids, so unless the story subject involves a person or people that I greatly respect, I’ve got no problem writing about it, come what may.

I wonder what Jesus would do?

I wonder what Tony Sears did?

I guess we will find out in due course.

Who gets charged with what, and how many?

That dear reader, will be the key.

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Salt Water Dreaming

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Yes he has.

Daryl Hansen has robbed the banks of punters.

QRIC’… had made the matter out to be “much larger than it is” he insisted …. “I have not cheated.”

“I have been charged with a very minute breach of the racing rules – what I have done is purchase saline drenches from an unlicensed person,” Hansen told Racenet.

“I have bought them for years and years. There is no prohibited substances in them, there is no performance enhancing substance in them. They are given after gallops – two days pre-race”.

“I have not cheated.”

That is totally and utterly untrue.

Or most of it, anyway.

Hansen did buy saline drenches from Denis Holbeck.

So did John Zielke.

But it wasn’t all they bought.

Remember me telling you about the traffic lights when I gave you the drench recipe last week?

Well I got one thing wrong.

The go light wasn’t green.

It was clear.

All clear.

It was the saline drench.

The one you hit the horse with 2 hours before the race to stimulate the action of the drugs you had given it before, and to flush them out.

I wonder if Zielke and Hansen had been hearing funny noises on their phones in the months before they were charged, or experiencing strange things like MMS messages taking a while to send, or phone numbers they rang giving off messages that the recipient of the call was unavailable, or that their phone was disconnected?

I wonder when they called again straight away if their calls went straight through?

I wonder if anyone else in their family or household had the same problems with their phones?

I wonder if I doubt it?

I wonder if they ever saw a van with blacked out windows parked down the road from their houses or stables, right in between the spot where they made their calls and sent their messages from, and where the local phone tower that picks up and transmits the calls is?

I wonder if they are that dumb that they truly believe the misinformation that has been deliberately spread about what the coppers do and don’t know?

It was only salt and water they say.

My guess is that if they tell that story at the CCC secret hearings they might be called to soon – if they haven’t been already – then they might be seeing plenty of salt and water, and putting it with their porridge too.

 

Archie’s As Mad as a Snake, and Crazier Still – But it Doesn’t Mean He’s Stupid – Ain’t IT the Truth PePe? – Top Me Up, Will You?

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Gee it’s a funny thing to do to reinstitute 12-year-old charges against a warned off for life former harness racing identity who only got out of jail after serving a long stint for traficking ice, isn’t it?

Do you really reckon that Rod Weightman – a one time harness racing trainer/driver from Mildura in Victoria, and a bloke up to his neck in the Blue Magic saga – would turn up to a Steward’s inquiry?

There is less chance than that than there is of me pulling a shag with Rihanna (although Maggie is adamant I could – love is blind).

So why have the Steward’s started the inquiry again, and set it for an indeterminate date to be fixed?

That’s a lot simpler than you might think.

It’s so that they get the warrants sweetheart.

It hasn’t been a joint Federal/State taskforce breaking down stable doors because they are looking for bicarb drenches amigo.

Do you realise that the contents of the ‘top ups’ being administered by Aquanita’s drench man Greg Nelligan were never tested or analysed, because they were never found while the gear was in them?

Are you that silly that you really believe that they were made up of bicarb and tripart paste?

What the hell would that do on its own?

You can’t top up bicarb.

It doesn’t work like that.

Something else does though.

I suspect that Rod Weightman might be able to tell you exactly what it is, too.

But Rod doesn’t talk.

I don’t either, but I do write stories, and although I am crazy enough not to have any fear or care about life or death, that’s only because I got sexually abused at school, and have been dead already for a long time.

It doesn’t mean I’m stupid.

Does iIT PePe?

Top me up, will you?

 

 

Tony Sears Gets Hauled in to the Station For a Wee Chat – About All the Wrong Things

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Tony Sears future in racing’s so bright, he gotta wear shades

Our spies on the Tabletop Mountain at Toowoomba tell us that trainer Tony Sears – who was on a golden run and training winners at a 30% strike rate until he received a recent visit from the Major Crimes Squad, and since then has been going like a busted arse –  had another visit from the plainclothes boys in blue yesterday.

 

It was a bit friendlier this time they say.

No vans full of joint Federal/State joint taskforce coppers carrying guns, tasers, warrants and battering rams.

Just a couple of nice officers waving handcuffs in the air and asking politely if trainer Sears would care to set aside the rest of his commitments for the day – which had only recently begun – and accompany them to the station to have a chat about wide ranging topics that included Ben Currie, Ben Currie and Ben Currie instead.

When a man has the prospect of spending a day talking about the Tornado offered to them by a handcuff waving detective, what else could you expect him to do other than to say “You beaut Bluey, just let me go and grab the burner phones so I can drop them in the acid barrel on the way out”?

I personally don’t know why the coppers would waste their precious time and out scarce taxpayer money wasting time talking about Boom-Boom Currie. He’s really pretty boring really, unless like me you enjoy rabbiting on about basketball, birds, footy, poetry, evolution, language, the history of the Weetwood, philosophy, and and science. Outside of that Currie doesn’t know sh*t from clay.

If I were the coppers entertaining Tony Sears for the better part of the day, I would be changing the subject to all things Singapore.

I’d be asking Sears about his bi-monthly or tri-monthly visits to the island nation, and his millionaire Asian owners who just love winning races at Gatton, because the Spring Carnival clearly lacks the same prestige.

If it were me I’d be asking Tony for their names and numbers, and enquiring what these owners did for a living, and for who.

I’d probably ask him about the flights and the accommodation he takes and uses on his travels, and who pays for them, and why.

Most of all though, I’d be wanting him to tell me all about the betting agents working out of Singapore, and the Commission agents too, and how much they can get on good things for, and whether these large amounts spread across Asian exchanges and into Europe have any appreciable impact on the Australian betting markets, or on the betting records that our erstwhile but a tad naive Stewards study when trying to work out whether a race was hot.

That’s just me though.

What would I know?

It’s probably a whole lot more fun talking about Ben Currie.

At least the coppers have a slight idea what they’re talking about there.

They probably couldn’t point you to Singapore on a map.

Silly buggers.

 

The QRIC Hit Ben Currie With Another Positive Swab -18 Months After it (Allegedy) Happened – 10 Months After the Chief Steward Knew About it – And on the Same Day Currie Won His Appeal – Come Off the Grass

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In a manoeuvre that only a hopelessly naive innocent or an idiot could possibly believe was sheer coincidence, on the same day that Ben Currie’s 27 month disqualification was cut to 12 months by QCAT, the trainer’s legal representatives received notification of another positive swab.

One from a race 19 months ago on the 5th of December 2018.

A positive swab that by its own reckoning the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has known about since at least the 23rd of August 2019.

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Come off the grass.

Why would the QRIC sit on a confirmed positive swab taken from a horse trained by Ben Currie for more than 10 months, and do nothing?

It doesn’t make any sense does it?

All the tests had been done, and the reserve sample had been confirmed by a second, independent laboratory.

The Chief Steward had been notified, and almost certainly the QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett had too.

All by the end of August.

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Yet no-one did a thing until today, nearly a year later.

On the very same day that Currie won a victory in the courts that is bound to attract widespread news coverage that will cause the QRIC embarrassment.

This is a disgraceful abuse of process.

What the QRIC have done here lacks any integrity at all.

If, as I strongly suspect, this strategy was designed for the purpose of deflecting any criticism made of the QRIC in the wake of the QCAT decision by further damaging Currie, then whoever dreamed up the idea is in the wrong job.

The only one that this dirty, underhanded trick move is going to hurt is the credibility of the QRIC itself.

It’s as sure as death, taxes, a bad track at Eagle Farm, and another successful Ben Currie QCAT appeal.

More Charges Expected in Mass USA Doping Cases – More Expected to be Charged – Be Afraid Aussie Buyers – Be Very Afraid

Since the indictment of more than two dozen trainers, assistants, veterinarians, and pharmacists in connection with a horse doping ring this March, rumors have swirled that more names could be forthcoming in connection with the federal investigation.

Speaking at a status conference for the case on Tuesday morning, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Adams told U.S. District Judge Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil that a superseding indictment could be around the corner, but did not provide details as to the timing.

“We are looking seriously at superseding indictments,” said Adams. “For the moment, and I made this point at least to some defense counsel previously, the nature of what we’re looking at is largely in the same kind of criminal conduct as what is in the current indictment.”

“We’re looking at expanding timeframes for certain of the conspiracies. We’re looking at potentially adding different statutory charges with respect to certain of the defendants. What I do not anticipate for the moment is that those superseding indictments, if and when they come, would require the production of some substantial large set of materials not already produced to date or already in the queue of things we expect to produce.”

A superseding indictment is one which replaces an existing indictment, and could add charges against already-named defendants and/or could name new defendants.

Vyskocil reminded Adams that the court would not hold things up while the government finishes its investigation. Adams said he understood and that he would not ask to hold up the proceedings for that reason.

The charges on the current indictments, which names former top trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis, among others, focus on drug adulteration, misbranding, and conspiracy. The indictments claim a network of horsemen, veterinarians and pharmacy reps sold, distributed and used drugs in racehorses for the purpose of performance enhancement.

Other than a potential superseding indictment, there are not likely to be many updates in the case until late fall. Currently, attorneys are going through the discovery process, meaning each side is requesting and providing requested evidence in the case. Adams said he believes his office will be able to provide the last of the discovery material requested by defendants by the end of September.

Already, the office has provided some 90 gigabytes’ worth of data to all defendants in three different volumes, and has fielded 20 additional individual requests. That data includes the results of 30 different search warrants, intercepted phone calls and text messages, geolocation information for various devices, email accounts, file transfer accounts, inventory lists, shipping records, veterinary records, drug promotional and marketing material, and much more. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still extracting data from devices like cell phones and tablets seized from defendants at the time of their arrests.

Adams mentioned that labs inside and outside the United States had been asked to conduct testing on samples related to the case, although it was not immediately clear whether that referred to samples of substances seized in searches of pharmacies or biological samples from horses, or both. Those results were not all known to the federal government as of yet, and some defense attorneys expressed a desire to work out some sort of split sampling process where possible, acknowledging there was a finite amount of some samples available to test.

After the government produces requested evidence, it is sent to a coordinating discovery attorney for organization and distribution. One defense attorney pointed out that it generally takes the coordinating discovery attorney roughly a month to process large document releases before they are given over to defense counsel, so a late September target for discovery completion means they will get a look at the last of the evidence in early November.

Vyskocil scheduled a status conference for Nov. 19. Most participants on the call agreed it would be impractical to set a trial date or motion schedule until the defense has seen all the government’s evidence against their clients.

Source: The Paulick Report, USA

The Ben Currie QCAT Decision Explained

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In a huge blow to the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC), trainer Ben Currie has today had his period of disqualification on seven counts of presenting a horse to race with a prohibited substance in its system in breach of Austrian racing rule AR.178 reduced from 2 years and 3 months back to just 12 months.

Last year the QRIC Stewards found Currie guilty of 5 counts of race day presentation,  in relation to the horses Wicked Trilogy, Karaharaga, Eight Over, Dreamscope, and Shakira. The trainer was fined a total of $45 000 and disqualified from racing for 27 months.

Currie contested the penalties imposed in relation to the horses Eight Over, Dreamscope and Shakira.

These original penalties handed to Currie by the Stewards were:

Wicked Trilogy – $10 000 fine

Karaharaga – $20 000 fine

Shakira – $15 000 fine

Dreamscope – 12 month disqualification

Eight Over – 24 month disqualification

At internal review, the QRIC amended the sentences delivered to Currie by Stewards to the following:

Wicked Trilogy – $5 000

Karaharaga – $5 000

Shakira – 6 month disqualification

Dreamscope – 9 month disqualification

Eight Over – 12 month disqualification

The Internal Reviewer ordered that the periods of disqualification be served cumulatively (one after the other) rather than concurrently (at the same time), meaning that Currie was disqualified for a total period of 27 months.

Unlike the prison system, in racing a sentenced person cannot apply for parole or remissions on their sentence for good behaviour, so Currie was out for the full two years and a quarter.

Not any more.

The QRIC must have known it was cactus before the QCAT hearings began, for the Commission’s legal representatives tried to cut a deal with Currie that would have allowed him to serve the 9 month Dreamscope disqualification cumulative with (at the same time as) the 12 months the Toowoomba Tornado received for Eight Over, meaning that Currie would serve a total of 18 months rather than the 27 imposed at internal review.

Curries legal team of Michael O’Connor (solicitor) and Jim Murdoch QC (barrister) aren’t widely known as the dream team for nothing though, and on their advice the Tornado resisted all overtures and decided to fight on, although a decision was made by the Currie team allow the reduced $5000 fines each for Karaharaga and Wicked Trilogy to stand, and instead concentrate their appeal efforts of the three larger sentences.

SHAKIRA

In a victory for common sense, the QCAT today sat the outset set aside completely the penalty imposed after the mare Shakira had returned a positive result for Testosterone.

The tribunal found that – as Ben Currie had been saying all along – the Victorian mare had been sent to him by its owners from the stables now-disgraced trainer Robert Smerdon, as part of the mass-scale transfer of horses out of the Aquanita stables to other trainers around the country after the trainers from that racing operation were charges with an array of serious offences in early 2018.

The mare had only been in Currie’s stables for 14 days when it raced first up for the trainer and returned the positive testosterone swab. QCAT found that

  • testosterone is a substance with a long half-life that remains in a horses system for a considerable period
  • Currie had no cause to suspect that the drug may have been administered to Shakira by its previous trainer (each of the 78 findings of guilt against Smerdon that saw him warned off for life related to bicarb drenches)
  • Testosterone is not a performance enhancing drug when administered to mares
  • On the balance of probabilities it was Smerdon, not Currie or anyone associated with his stable that administered

In these circumstances QCAT determined that Currie had no culpability for the test result, and set aside all penalty.

DREAMSCOPE

Currie was notified on 14 December 2018 that Dreamscope had returned a positive swab for trace elements of cocaine, although the QCAT noted that there was a failing in the Queensland Racing Laboratory testing processes in so far as the actual quantity or amount of cocaine found in the horses test were not quantified.

As such, the tribunal agreed with Murdoch QC’s submissions and treated the offences as merely presentation of an unspecified trace amount of the drug caused by environmental contamination, as opposed to a large level that would suggest that the horse had actually been administered cocaine.

Taking into account the $9 000 fine issued to Currie in January 2017 after his stable runner Party Til Dawn had returned a positive swab to methamphetamine in similar circumstances after racing in Central Queensland the previous year – and noting Currie’s carelessness in not implementing a warning/advice process to his stable staff, and that previous penalty precedents issued to other trainers were of the nature of fines rather than disqualification – the QCAT set aside the 12 month disqualification and issued Currie with a $50 000 fine in its place.

 EIGHT OVER

The QCAT found the significant factor in this case to be that Eight Over’s positive swab to trace elements of cocaine had been taken at a race meeting in Toowoomba on 2 February 2018, seven weeks after Currie had been notified of the Dreamscope positive swab.

This seven week gap between the notification about Dreamscope’s positive swab and the date Eight Over raced had allowed Currie sufficient time to implement, or attempt to implement, some measures to prevent environmental contamination of his stable runners by cocaine and other recreational drugs, the use of which was rife in the racing industry, the tribunal found.

Whilst acknowledging the large size and scope of the Currie Racing stable, and the large number of staff employed by it, the tribunal nevertheless determined that Currie should have taken steps to issue warning and advice to his staff about the dangers they posed of contaminating horses if they had or were using recreational drugs privately.

The tribunal further found that after notification of the Dreamscope positive swab, Currie should have made (unspecified) efforts to identify how the horse had been contaminated by the minute traces of cocaine, and investigated what measures he might have put in place to prevent it from happening again, as it did less than two months later with Wicked Trilogy.

Currie failure to do either was described by the tribunal as a degree of apathy that was sufficient to elevate his culpability from mere carelessness to one of blameworthiness sufficient to warrant a penalty higher than the usual fine.

In these circumstances the 12 month period of disqualification on this charge was confirmed.

Where to From Here?

Ben Currie’s 12 month period of disqualification began on 19 July 2019, and expires on the 18th of July 2020, meaning that provided he pays the $50 000 fine and the previous two $5000 fines, in just over a fortnight’s time the Tornado will have served his full sentence for each of these five presentation charges.

The trainer is still facing criminal charges of aggravated fraud, although based on the outline of evidence to date it is almost impossible to see those charges surviving past the committal hearing stage.

There is also the matter of the 30 month disqualification Currie is serving on charges of bringing racing into disrepute that relate to the alleged meaning of the contents of a handful of text messages that the QRIC have interpreted as relating to the use of jiggers, although the evidence is very slim on those charges too. Currie’s appeal against those disqualifications was heard by the QCAT late last year, and a decision is expected to be handed down at some stage in the near future.

In addition there are number of miscellaneous smaller penalties for guilt findings on charges that Currie denies. These are also subject to appeal, and awaiting decisions.

Put short, Ben Currie still faces a long road ahead before he can get back to the track and win that long dreamed of Group 1, but this first-up appeal result today is certainly a most encouraging sign that he may just have a far more successful preparation ahead of him than many of his multitude of critics imagined.

 

 

 

Where is the Marburg Stewards Report? – The Red Hot Trots Rort Mystery Deepens

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On Monday night I stepped you through a boat race that had been rigged at the Marburg trots earlier that afternoon, and showed you exactly how it was done.

48 hours later and the Stewards have still not released their official report into the race, or the the meeting.

This is highly unusual.

Stewards reports are usually posted within an hour or two of the running of the last race at a meeting, or at the very worst the next morning. But there is no sign of this one so far.

We wait with bated breath.

Sometimes Even the Best Laid Plans Go Awry – Isn’t Racing a Funny Game – and Ain’t Karma and Quaddie Killers a Bitch?

This is race 6 at the Marburg trots on Monday afternoon.

It was the hottest race run in the Lockyer Valley for years.

Racing’s a funny game though.

The horse they set it up for didn’t win.

The wrong horse did.

That’s why the fraud charges laid against Ben Currie will never stick.

To pull a fraud you have pull it off.

But in horse racing it doesn’t matter what you do, or how hot you do or don’t work, unless you shoot the whole field bar yours as they fly from the barriers, you can never be assured of the right result.

They tried yesterday at Marburg though.

Ryan Veivers was on the favourite At West Point, drawn in barrier 3.

It blew from 13-8 on out to 6/4 ($1.60 to $2.45).

In fact it was the only horse in the race that blew in the market.

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Lachie Manzelmann was on the 1, Voloroso Hanover.

He works for Veivers brother-in law Pete McMullen and his wife Chantal Turpin.

Taleah McMullen is another sister-in-law of Ryan Veivers.

She drove the 7, Elm’s Creek.

Paul Diebert is no relation, nor is Justin Elkins.

They drove the 6 Ale Ale Kai, and the 2 Live Atom.

Here is how it unfolded.

The mobile barrier releases.

Manzelmann hunts the pole marker out off the arm.

Veivers flies the favourite across, and pressures him.

Same old, same old.

And then it all goes crazy.

The kid won’t surrender the rail.

Ryan Veivers won’t take no for an answer.

They go at each other like maniacs, and run a 15.9 second lead time.

Remember Ben Johnson’s doped up win in the 100m at the 1988 Olympics that year, the one where he picked up the best runners in the world and carried them, and took a sixth of a tenth off the Olympic record by running 9.79 for the half furlong?

That’s a 15.9 second lead time.

You can’t run them unless you’re stoked on steroids.

These pacers weren’t roided up.

I’m not so sure about their drivers though.

By the time they’d run 450m and reached the post with two laps to go the pair were half the length of the straight in front of the field, maybe more.

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It was madness, or maybe that’s what they wanted you to think.

Only one horse in the past two years has run a lead time faster than 16 seconds.

That was pacer trained by Lola Weidemann called Dancing Manolos.

It ran the same 15.9 first bit, but then Lola put the brakes on and crawled through the first two quarters in 33.5  and 32.8. You could walk faster, but that was the idea, because it conserved enough strength in her horse that it could run its last two splits in 31.1 and 29.6, and win the race.

Veivers and Manzelmann weren’t having any of that.

They kept going at each other.

Veivers could have dropped the favourite onto the fence behind the leader at any time, but for reasons that you can only guess, he refused to, and kept it in the death.

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Mazelmann could have eased and let Veivers cross over to the fence, and had the gun run in the slipstream on its back, but he didn’t want to either.

In fact he was so keen to hold the fave out that to save ground, he deliberately steered his horse inside the marker pegs on the turns at least three times.

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Under harness racing rule 66(h) Veivers horse should have been disqualified from the race for this, and he should have been charged under rule 163(1)(c)(i) for deliberately steering it there.

He wasn’t.

Veivers should also have been charged under rule 163(1)(c)(ii) for hitting the marker poles – he did it several times – and also under 163(2) for not restraining the horse and straightening its line when it went inside the markers.

That would defeat the point though, wouldn’t it?

The point being to get the favourite beat.

They went the first three quarters in 28.8, 30.3, and 29.7.

That equates to a mile rate of 1.55.6.

The track record at Marburg is 1.56.8.

This was suicide.

It was meant to be.

Meanwhile, back at the farm, some funny things were going on too.

Justin Elkins could have crossed the 2 Live Atom over at the start when the leaders started going crazy, but for some reason he elected to ease back but stay one off the fence.

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For a few seconds it looked like he was going to pop into the spot 4 back the fence, and for a couple of them he almost did.

Given the drag race going on up front, it would have been wise, but before he even got to the rail Elkins came out again and positioned his horse in the breeze without any cover, which to be totally blunt is something that only an incompetent moron or a brazen cheat would do.

I’m not sure which young Elkins may be, or whether he just had a brain fade caused by the speed and strength of the wind in his face, but what I do know is that at no stage of the race did he ever attempt to kick up and try to get onto Veivers back in the 1-1, even when the pair of hot hoons up front started coming back to the field.

What he did instead was ease, and allow the heavily backed horse on his inside Ale Ale Kai out off the fence into the 1-1, which didn’t make any sense at all, at least not in any way bar one, if you know what I mean.

I’m not quite sure if there were two teams or one working hot in this race.

Ale Ale Kai had been heavily backed, and after getting the 1-1 it should have won the race, but perhaps it was the one on its back that was the goer.

That horse was Taleah McMullen’s.

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We are at the 400 metre mark now.

Money time, and the leaders are stuffed, as they were supposed to be.

See the horse in the yellow, the one whose driver is pulling it back?

That’s Elkins.

The one on his inside that he’s letting out into the 1-1 is McMullen.

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On the turn Elkins appears to sit up and restrain his horse again, presumably to allow McMullen out of the one-one into clear air, but the poor horse in the death that Ryan Veivers has just murdered is dropping back too fast.

So look what Elkins does.

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He steers his horse sideways to let McMullen out.

The fix is in.

Veivers and Manzelmann have done their jobs on the leaders, and they are cactus.

Ale Ale Kai is the one.

Or McMullen on his back is.

Which one? Which one?

I dunno.

Was it a double cross, or did they have the First 4 going for a small percentage on the TAB and a bigger one going with the corporates who pay full freight on the declared dividend?

The quaddie was definitely going the organiser’s way.

Just take a look at Lachie Manzelmann’s drive on the $1.85 favourite Springfield Spirit in the second leg, race 6, if you don’t believe me.

Was it merely a coincidence that that horse was trained by the Redcliffe based trainer Ron Sallis too?

Or that Taleah McMullen won the race on the leader, an 11 year old veteran trained by another Redcliffe trainer Brett Cargill, who was sprung red handed with a needle and a syringe in his hand in a surprise raid on his stables before the races kicked off at Redcliffe on Saturday night?

Or that that particular horse ran its fastest time in over 2 years, on a track many seconds slower than all the others it had been racing on during that 24 months?

Or that Ron Sallis trained both the horse that Manzelmann used as the sacrificial goat here, and the one that young Ms McMullen drove?

Or that Ale Ale Kai was trained by Mark Rees and driven by Paul Diebert, the same combination that had the equal favourite, track record holder and expected leader Jewel of Peak in the third leg of the quaddie?

Or that Jewel of Peak was for reasons unknown pulled back at the start of that race and driven against its usual pattern, and bombed out?

Or that Diebert didn’t really seem to be trying very hard on that horse, and appeared for all money to restrain it in the straight and allow Taleah McMullen to come out from under him, cut across in front and check him, while she flew home for fourth?

Maybe I’m just seeing things.

After all, I’ve only lived off the trot punt for a few years, and been watching and studying them for half a century. What the hell would I know?

Given my inexperience, I will leave it to you to explain what Taleah McMullen did when Justin Elkins let her out in the straight.

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Ale Ale Kai didn’t sprint as quickly as they all expected you see.

It had all the favours in the world given to it during the run, and it all unfolded perfectly, but he didn’t ping, and so it needed just one more little bit of help.

That’s what I reckon anyway.

Whatever.

It didn’t matter in the end.

In their rush to drive to the plan, no one paid any attention to the roughie trained and driven by the honest bloke that was sneaking runs up from last on the inside.

It got the split late and knocked them all off at 40-1.

The Quaddie and First 4 jackpotted.

I just fell about the floor laughing.

Racing’s a funny game isn’t it?

And ain’t karma and quaddie killers a bitch?

Editor’s note – There is no Stewards report up yet. I expect they’ve called for the betting sheets. Nah, just joking. Still, won’t it be interesting to see what our gun stipes have to say.

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