Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Valley Keeps Breeding Success

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Valley Keeps Breeding Success

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Denis Smith

THE bulk of the local success comes from the lower Brisbane Valley or nearby so it is no surprise that Gary Whitaker has posted his second season of a century of wins in the sulky.

Whitaker, currently sitting on 103 with just a bit more than two weeks of the season left to go, originally started 18 years ago with Mark Lichtwark at Oakey.

He has always displayed skill in the sulky.

The lanky 36 year old is well known for his relaxed driving style and his ability to settle a horse in the race.

It has been a while since century number one which occurred in the 2003/4 season, but Whitaker hung in there waiting for the right horses.

They are coming now, particularly from trainers Bill Crosby and Vic Frost.

It is easy to see Whitaker maintaining a high position on the drivers totem pole for some seasons to come.

Whitaker scored the magical 100 thanks to Harbour town, yet another from the Bill Crosby team, which has been responsible for considerable Q-bred Classic successes in recent times.

Whitaker's personal stats for the 2014/15 racing are 960 drives for 103 wins and 304 places, earning $579,131 for connections.

Other lower valley results include:

John McMullen, training 41 winners and 123 places from 663 starters.

Ron Sallis presented 248 horses at the races for 38 winners and 64 places.

Darrell Graham, who trained 864 starters for 119 winners and 172 places with driving stats of 451 for 51 and 88.

Husband and wife team, Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen, posted impressive figures also with Chantal taking 658 runners to the track for 119 and 145. Pete went around on 1093 occasions for 160 wins and 276 places.

Things happen in Logan Village as well with Shane Graham set to post astronomical figures by season's end.

"Bhudda" is sitting on 1186 drives, which have netted 239 wins and 333 places with huge earnings of $1,909,912.

A handful of drivers have managed to post American style figures with limited opportunity as to race drives compared with our northern cousins.

Marburg prize feast

A TEMPTING event for the early warning basket is the next Marburg race meeting, to be held on Saturday, August 29.

There will be a couple of extra attractions for patrons, including a chance to win $50.

This will be the fast work horse supplies pick four competition, sponsored by Peter Steele, proprietor of fast work, which is situated adjacent to the Showground's gate.

Entry forms will be available at the gate or in the race book.

Just pick your fancies for races 2-3-4-5, write them on the form and drop it in the box near the canteen.

After race four, a Marburg Pacing Association representative will peruse the entries and the race caller will announce the names of those people, if any, who have a live ticket coming to the last. …

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