Group One winning trainer toys with setting up in Queensland

By Duane Ranger

Top Menangle Park trainer, Rickie Alchin, is toying with the idea of one day setting up a stable in Queensland. Now is not the time, but he thinks it will eventually happen. However, the 33-year-old will be back campaigning some of his team in the Sunshine State this winter.

Horses have always been Graham Dwyer’s ‘compass’

By Duane Ranger

Greenbank trainer, Graham Dwyer, gave up a panel beating career to pursue his love of horses. For the last 20 years Dwyer and his wife Martine have run Kingslodge Pacing Stables. He said he was always destined for a career centred around his beloved equine breed. “They have always been my ‘compass’ in life,” he said.

Alan Boyd – the fighter who helped set up trotting in Queensland

By Duane Ranger

The man who helped establish trotting in Queensland has no right to be alive, let alone still be involved in our great sport. To say 70-year-old Mundoolun-based taxation accountant, Alan Boyd, is a fighter, is like saying Blacks A Fake was just a fair pacer. No way! Mr Boyd is tougher than teak and is still living his dream, despite having to take up to nine injections a day for the rest of his life.

“I’ll retire in Australia, but the USA is where I perform best” – Noel Daley

By Duane Ranger

He's one of the world's greatest harness racing trainers, but Mount Isa native, Noel Daley, says he does his best work in the USA. Daley returned to the United States less than a year after leaving Emilio Rosati's Sydney stable in late 2019. He's now back kicking goals in his adopted homeland.

Queensland’s upmarket standardbred semen delivery

By Duane Ranger

For the first time this breeding season, Laurie and Lin Feehely, have added semen transport to their trustworthy Corporate Car / Limousine business. And what a service they provide - delivering all semen via one of their classy limousines!!! Here's their story:

No wonder Leonard & Alex Cain ooze talent

By Duane Ranger

Alexandra and Leonard Cain are really starting to make a splash on the Queensland harness racing scene…mind you that was always going to happen. The third generation harness racing siblings have been immersed in the sport since they could walk. In fact both their grandfathers were horsemen.

Ian Gurney hitting his peak - about to set up in Fernvale

By Duane Ranger

Ian Gurney has become one of Queensland's best trainers in a short time, and expect his career winners to keep stacking up when Gurney and his wife Angela relocate to a bigger protery at Fernvale in March.

It takes more than a quadruple bypass to keep Mark Dux down

By Duane Ranger

Woongoolba horseman, Mark Dux, should never have seen his 59th birthday, let alone train winners left right and centre. Even with a quadruple bypass the Dux stables still powered on strongly.

"Sporting Son was the pick of them" – Craig McKinnis

By Duane Ranger

Craig McKinnis has a lifetime of harness racing experience to call on. The former Victorian and now Fernvale horseman has worked for three generations of the McMullen family. Here's his story.

Meet the underground harness racing squash pro

By Duane Ranger

Egmont Park breeder, John Martin has played the highest level of Australian squash, but now some 25 years after reaching his peak in that sport, the Mines Manager, now gets his biggest sporting kick out of harness racing.

Parnell’s extensive racing experience is proving priceless

By Duane Ranger

Racing Queensland CEO has the industry at heart having been a racing fan from way back. The Sydney-born 52-year-old, who brought live racing into lounge rooms and pubs throughout Australasia, spoke to Duane Ranger last week.

Max Towns - horseman extraordinaire

By Duane Ranger

Max Towns is still training horses with his son Brett at the age of 83. The durable Fernvale horseman knows the equine breed inside and out – and has done so for nearly eight decades. Here’s his story.

A tenacious Gail Geeson kicks cancer to touch

By Duane Ranger

And you thought your year was bad! Try living in Gail Geeson’s shoes. The 49yo has endured a year from hell, yet has come through the other side cancer-free. Here’s her roller-coaster story.

Dr John Mammino is starting to hit peak form at 79

By Duane Ranger

For 42 years former Brisbane GP, Dr John Mammino, has owned and bred standardbreds… but once he hit 78 (last year) his personal milestones really began to tumble. Congratulations Doctor, keep those wins coming.

Diebert says Dixon and Seymour ensured his rise from obscurity

By Duane Ranger

When Paul Diebert exhausted his concession claim a couple of years ago, he thought his driving career was left in limbo. 

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